mis·​ap·​pre·​hend | \(ˌ)mis-ˌa-pri-ˈhend \
misapprehended; misapprehending; misapprehends

Definition of misapprehend 

transitive verb

: to apprehend wrongly : misunderstand

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misapprehension \-​ˈhen(t)-​shən \ noun

Examples of misapprehend in a Sentence

unfortunately, the message that the artist was trying to convey has been misapprehended by many museum patrons

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Traditionally, that's led to things like snakes on stage and misapprehended awards speeches. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks of the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards," 20 Aug. 2018 This isn’t just shooting your mouth off on the stump—this is the nation’s top lawyer completely misapprehending what judges do and what states are. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "Jeff Sessions Thinks Hawaii’s Not a Real State. We Shouldn’t Be Surprised.," 20 Apr. 2017 Yet by the same logic, giving Washington and Jefferson a pass for being slaveholders misapprehends a moral problem embedded in our nation at its conception. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Don't topple statues of Founding Fathers, update your thinking about them," 25 Aug. 2017 This is a silly parlor game that misapprehends James’s gifts, which have never been those of a pure scorer. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Cavaliers Offer a Glimpse of an Alternative Universe," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of misapprehend

1628, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misapprehend was in 1628

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