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

Examples of misinform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the inevitable result of a concerted, bad faith effort to misinform the public about the Covid-19 vaccine. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 Advances in computing technology have leapfrogged from lab settings into the real world, allowing criminals to deceive, misinform and defraud by impersonating others. Erik Schatzker, Bloomberg.com, 16 Feb. 2022 The prevalence of amateur videos, crowdsourced content and difficult to discern satellite imagery can confuse or perhaps misinform even seasoned journalists. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 20 Feb. 2022 In Week 1472, The Style Invitational continued its decades-long campaign to misinform innocent newspaper readers, this time with bogus trivia about money and finance. Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2022 What Fox has repeatedly done — on pretty much every major topic — is to misinform... Oliver Darcy, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 The bad news is that the same platforms that are used to inform can also be used by others with their own agendas to misinform and thereby lengthen or worsen the crisis. Edward Segal, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Other internet searches reveal that the infamous scare tactics intended to misinform people about COVID-19 are bleeding into the influenza world, as well. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 Lawmakers should enact a new FSIA exception denying sovereign immunity to nations that fail to inform, or deliberately misinform, the global community of the nature and scope of a local epidemic that becomes a global pandemic. Mike Pompeo And David B. Rivkin Jr., WSJ, 26 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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