mis·​guide ˌmis-ˈgīd How to pronounce misguide (audio)
misguided; misguiding; misguides

transitive verb

: to lead astray : misdirect
prejudice misguides our minds
misguider noun

Examples of misguide in a Sentence

we were misguided by the flashy advertisements for what turned out to be pretty lousy pizza
Recent Examples on the Web But it would be misguided to brave Times Square’s sensory overload only to enjoy the restaurant’s concessions to blander tastes. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2023 The list is by no means exhaustive, and few of the impacts exist in a vacuum—in most cases, climate change intensifies existing problems caused by unsustainable policies, misguided historical practices, and social injustices. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 10 Mar. 2023 That’s a terrible idea, which several misguided California lawmakers took up this week, asking Democratic Atty. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The Cold War liberals might have been misguided in banishing their predecessors — but their desire to revise their history demonstrates that their movement once took a different form. Becca Rothfeld, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 One of the defendants, 23-year-old international relations student Bunkueanun Paothong — widely known by his nickname Francis — had insisted all along the case was misguided. Jintamas Saksornchai, ajc, 28 June 2023 World & Nation Asylum seekers from Muslim-majority countries disproportionately imprisoned at Texas border Aug. 31, 2023 Robyn Barnard, director of refugee advocacy at Human Rights First, said the remain-in-Texas proposal was misguided. Hamed Aleaziz, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 In other developments, Zelenskyy announced the resignation of the country’s culture minister, suggesting the ministry’s spending was misguided during wartime. Felipe Dana, Anchorage Daily News, 21 July 2023 Second, the props and disguises were misguided for a space as large as the Shed. Jeremy Yudkin, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misguide was in the 14th century

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“Misguide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misguide. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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mis·​guide (ˈ)mis-ˈgīd How to pronounce misguide (audio)
: to lead astray : mislead

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