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mislead

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verb mis·lead \ˌmis-ˈlēd\

Simple Definition of mislead

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mislead

misled

play \-ˈled\

misleading

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to lead astray :  give a wrong impression

misleader

noun

misleadingly

play \-ˈlē-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of mislead in a sentence

  1. We believe that her comments were deliberately meant to mislead the public.

  2. We believe that her comments were deliberately meant to mislead.



Before 12th Century

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>.

MISLEAD Defined for Kids

mislead

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verb mis·lead \mis-ˈlēd\

Definition of mislead for Students

misled

\-ˈled\

misleading

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




Law Dictionary

mislead

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verb mis·lead \mis-ˈlēd\

Legal Definition of mislead

misled

\-ˈled\ play

misleading

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to lead into a mistaken action or belief :  to cause to have a false impression
  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to create a false impression — compare deceive





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