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mislead

verb mis·lead \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

Synonym Discussion of MISLEAD

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>. mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>. delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>. beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.
MISLEADER Defined for Kids

mislead

verb mis·lead \mis-ˈlēd\
mis·led \-ˈled\mis·lead·ing

Definition of MISLEAD for Kids

:  to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true <His comments were intended to mislead the public.>

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