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mis·​func·​tion ˌmis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce misfunction (audio)
plural misfunctions
: failure to function in a normal or correct way
Presidential criticism is rarely provoked by the usual ongoing malfunctions and misfunctions of the press.Hodding Carter III


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misfunctioned; misfunctioning

intransitive verb

: to function abnormally or incorrectly : malfunction
His radio had misfunctioned—he could talk to his crew but couldn't hear them—so the decision to drive conservatively and stretch his fuel had been all his.Sam Moses

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Ibrahim Cissé, 38, of Pasadena, California: Cellular biophysicist developing microscopy tools to investigate the subcellular processes underlying genetic regulation and misfunction. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use


1886, in the meaning defined above


1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misfunction was in 1886

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“Misfunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfunction. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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