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verb (used with object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.
  1. to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
  2. to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
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verb (used without object), mis·led, mis·lead·ing.
  1. to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead.
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Origin of mislead

before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1
Related formsmis·lead·er, nounun·mis·led, adjective


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mistaken, wronged, deluded, tricked

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verb -leads, -leading or -led (tr)
  1. to give false or misleading information to
  2. to lead or guide in the wrong direction
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Derived Formsmisleader, noun
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Word Origin and History for misled



Old English mislædan "to mislead," common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch misleiden, Old High German misseleiten, German missleiten, Danish mislede); see mis- (1) + lead (v.). Related: misleading; misled.

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