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misinterpret

misinterpret

verb mis·in·ter·pret \ˌmi-sən-ˈtər-prət, -pət\

: to understand or explain (something) incorrectly : to interpret (something) incorrectly

Full Definition of MISINTERPRET

transitive verb
1
:  to explain wrongly
2
:  to understand wrongly
mis·in·ter·pre·ta·tion \-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə-\ noun

Examples of MISINTERPRET

  1. He claims that his statements have been misinterpreted by the media.
  2. Her silence should not be misinterpreted as consent.

First Known Use of MISINTERPRET

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