mislead


mis·lead

verb \ˌmis-ˈlēd\

: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true

mis·led\-ˈled\mis·lead·ing

Full Definition of MISLEAD

transitive verb
:  to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit
intransitive verb
:  to lead astray :  give a wrong impression
mis·lead·er noun
mis·lead·ing·ly \-ˈlē-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of MISLEAD

  1. We believe that her comments were deliberately meant to mislead the public.
  2. The early results misled us into thinking we would win the election easily.
  3. We believe that her comments were deliberately meant to mislead.

First Known Use of MISLEAD

before 12th century

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