verb (used with or without object), mis·read [mis-red] /mɪsˈrɛd/, mis·read·ing [mis-ree-ding] /mɪsˈri dɪŋ/.

to read wrongly.
to misunderstand or misinterpret.

Origin of misread

First recorded in 1800–10; mis-1 + read1
Related formsmis·read·er, noun
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Historical Examples of misread

  • Misreading is all that we are equal to, but it is something to be able to misread.

  • She glanced into Hugh's face, and misread what she saw there.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • At once he perceived how she had misread the scene she had witnessed.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He asked because the skipper's face of wonderment was not to be misread.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • A scribe must have misread the figure 81, which appears in other documents, into 87.

British Dictionary definitions for misread


verb -reads, -reading or -read (-ˈrɛd) (tr)

to read incorrectly
to misinterpret
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Word Origin and History for misread

1809, from mis- (1) + read (v.). Related: Misreading.

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