mishear

verb
mis·​hear | \ ˌmis-ˈhir How to pronounce mishear (audio) \
misheard\ ˌmis-​ˈhərd How to pronounce misheard (audio) \; mishearing\ ˌmis-​ˈhir-​iŋ How to pronounce mishearing (audio) \

Definition of mishear

transitive verb

: to hear wrongly

intransitive verb

: to misunderstand what is heard

Examples of mishear in a Sentence

You misheard me. I said I was feeling anxious, not angry. I must have misheard the instructions. I misheard “mother” as “mutter.”
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Recent Examples on the Web In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 On Twitter, the reporter who wrote the article said the mistake happened because the comment by Buttigieg happened with a noisy background, causing the reporter to mishear the recording while transcribing at a rally. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Pete Buttigieg clarifies views on the Obama administration after criticism for a viral misquote," 11 Nov. 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 But on rare occasions when the AI device mishears a word or phrase, it can be accidentally triggered and start recording. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Apple has stopped letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings," 2 Aug. 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 In roughly 150 of the recordings, the broadcaster says the assistant appears to have activated incorrectly after mishearing its wake word. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of mishear

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Mishear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mishear. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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mishear

verb
How to pronounce mishear (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mishear

: to hear (a person who is speaking) incorrectly : to hear (something that is said) incorrectly

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