misunderstand

[mis-uhn-der-stand]
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verb (used with object), mis·un·der·stood, mis·un·der·stand·ing.
  1. to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
  2. to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.

Origin of misunderstand

First recorded in 1150–1200, misunderstand is from the Middle English word misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand
Related formsmis·un·der·stand·er, noun

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misunderstand

verb -stands, -standing or -stood
  1. to fail to understand properly
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Word Origin and History for misunderstand
v.

c.1200; see mis- (1) + understand. Related: Misunderstood; misunderstanding.

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