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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

1547

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