mis·​de·​fine ˌmis-di-ˈfīn How to pronounce misdefine (audio)
misdefined; misdefining

transitive verb

: to incorrectly identify or set forth the meaning of (something, such as a word) : to define wrongly
a term that is often misdefined in textbooks
… and misdefine what it means to engage in quid pro quo.Olympia Meola

Examples of misdefine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the problem with the battlefield is that victory is misdefined here. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2023 To misdefine them, as Mr. Warsh does, is to relieve politicians the world over who, in response to a spreading virus, chose economic contraction as their mitigation strategy. WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misdefine was in 1813

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Cite this Entry

“Misdefine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdefine. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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