[mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-, mis-trans-leyt, -tranz-]

verb (used with or without object), mis·trans·lat·ed, mis·trans·lat·ing.

to translate incorrectly.

Origin of mistranslate

First recorded in 1525–35; mis-1 + translate
Related formsmis·trans·la·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for mistranslate

Historical Examples of mistranslate

  • Are they not given to those who misunderstand Plato and who mistranslate Aristotle?

Word Origin and History for mistranslate

1530s, from mis- (1) + translate. Related: Mistranslated; mistranslating.

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