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misunderstand

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verb mis·un·der·stand \(ˌ)mi-ˌsən-dər-ˈstand\

Simple Definition of misunderstand

  • : to fail to understand (someone or something) correctly

Full Definition of misunderstand

mis·un·der·stoodplay \-ˈstu̇d\mis·un·der·stand·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fail to understand

  3. 2 :  to interpret incorrectly

Examples of misunderstand

  1. Don't misunderstand me—I'm not criticizing your decision.

  2. He feels that the critics have completely misunderstood his movies.

  3. She expressed herself in clear terms that no one could misunderstand.



13th Century

First Known Use of misunderstand

13th century


MISUNDERSTAND Defined for Kids

misunderstand

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verb mis·un·der·stand \ˌmis-ˌən-dər-ˈstand\

Definition of misunderstand

mis·un·der·stood \-ˈstu̇d\mis·un·der·stand·ing

  1. :  to fail to get the meaning of :  fail to understand





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