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.

Origin of misunderstand

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

Related forms

mis·un·der·stand·er, noun
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misunderstand

/ (ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd) /

verb -stands, -standing or -stood

to fail to understand properly

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