misunderstand

[ mis-uhn-der-stand ]
/ ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstænd /

verb (used with object), mis·un·der·stood, mis·un·der·stand·ing.

to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.

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Origin of misunderstand

First recorded in 1150–1200, misunderstand is from the Middle English word misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand

OTHER WORDS FROM misunderstand

mis·un·der·stand·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for misunderstand

misunderstand
/ (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd) /

verb -stands, -standing or -stood

to fail to understand properly
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