[ mis-lee-ding ]
/ mɪsˈli dɪŋ /


deceptive; tending to mislead.

Origin of misleading

First recorded in 1630–40; mislead + -ing2

Related forms

mis·lead·ing·ly, adverbmis·lead·ing·ness, noun

Definition for misleading (2 of 2)


[ mis-leed ]
/ mɪsˈlid /

verb (used with object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.

to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.

verb (used without object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.

to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.

Origin of mislead

before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1

Related forms

mis·lead·er, nounun·mis·led, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for misleading (1 of 2)


/ (mɪsˈliːdɪŋ) /


tending to confuse or mislead; deceptive

Derived Forms

misleadingly, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for misleading (2 of 2)


/ (mɪsˈliːd) /

verb -leads, -leading or -led (tr)

to give false or misleading information to
to lead or guide in the wrong direction

Derived Forms

misleader, noun
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