misunderstand


mis·un·der·stand

verb \(ˌ)mi-ˌsən-dər-ˈstand\

: to fail to understand (someone or something) correctly

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

Full Definition of MISUNDERSTAND

transitive verb
1
:  to fail to understand
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.

First Known Use of MISUNDERSTAND

13th century

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