mis·​con·​ceive | \ ˌmis-kən-ˈsēv How to pronounce misconceive (audio) \
misconceived; misconceiving

Definition of misconceive

1 transitive : to form a wrong idea of (something) : misunderstand To think about poverty as mainly an underclass or minority issue is not only to misconceive it, but also to wall it off and make it alien.— Mark Jonathan Harris … I thought I had misconceived their true characters …— Herman Melville
2 intransitive dated : to hold a wrong idea or conception

Other Words from misconceive

misconceiver noun, plural misconceivers

First Known Use of misconceive

14th century , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Misconceive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misconceive. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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