mis·​in·​form | \ ˌmis-in-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce misinform (audio) \
misinformed; misinforming; misinforms

Definition of misinform

transitive verb

: to give incorrect or misleading information to (someone) : to inform (someone) wrongly That small, self-serving cabal managed to misinform generations of Americans with malicious myths that misshaped history.— Dana D. Kelley "Pardon me," interrupted Alfred Inglethorp, "you have been misinformed. I had no quarrel with my dear wife. … "— Agatha Christie — see also misinformed

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Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s willingness to misinform the public stretches from his earliest tall tale as president about the size of his inaugural audience, to his brief, conspiratorial remarks Thursday. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: Election Night 3.0," 6 Nov. 2020 Attempts to misinform the public in 2016 included claims that mailing in a ballot wouldn’t count, that certain polling places would be closed and that there were long lines to vote, Benson said. Ashley Nerbovig, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan again a target of election disinformation," 29 Oct. 2020 Photoshop and Lightroom are ubiquitous applications used to airbrush magazine covers, create art, and in some instances, to misinform the public. Nico Grant, Bloomberg.com, "Adobe Unveils Authentication Tool in Battle Against Deepfakes," 20 Oct. 2020 While there are politicians and reports that don't tell the full story or misconstrue facts, neither the government or the media are actively working to misinform the public about the coronavirus. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral post that claims COVID-19 is a fraud cites no evidence," 9 Oct. 2020 Internet news sources were most likely to misinform, though entertainment, network and internet news outlets were all sources of misinformation, according to the study. NBC News, "Minnesota letting stay-at-home order expire Monday," 14 May 2020 If the virus does indeed resurge and states need to shut down again, people may not comply, because they’ll be misinformed and distrustful. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "We Live in a Patchwork Pandemic Now," 20 May 2020 That’s not because the letter told people something new or directly misinformed anyone. David Karpf, Wired, "Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters," 10 Apr. 2020 Baird said such inaccurate testing could misinform decision-makers about critical things like fatality rates of COVID-19. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Antibody tests were supposed to help guide US reopening plans. They've brought more confusion than clarity amid coronavirus.," 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of misinform

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misinform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinform. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misinform

: to give (someone) false or incorrect information

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