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

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
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Examples of misinform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most do not take it — many don’t know about it or have been misinformed about its side effects. Gina Kolata, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Is this member misinforming me for some unknown reason? Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2023 Failing to do so runs the risk of confusing and actively misinforming the public, with warring factions retreating even deeper into their respective corners, pointing fingers at one another, with civilians caught in the middle. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 18 Oct. 2023 The plane’s flight director was faulty; the air traffic controller was distracted; the crew had been misinformed about the weather. Ellen Barry Hilary Swift, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Some law enforcement leaders accuse cop-watchers of selectively editing videos, misinforming citizens, inspiring vitriol toward police, escalating tensions during police interactions with civilians, and endangering officers and civilians. Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2023 DeSantis hit back by calling the attacks misinformed and inviting Harris to Florida to discuss the state's black history standards with one of the educators who helped create them. Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner, 1 Aug. 2023 For me, the real transition has happened as the right wing in the country has become more and more mobilized on misinforming people about the LGBTQ community. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Aug. 2023 And who would want that dangerous message spreading across the land, poisoning young minds and misinforming the credulous? Rich Lowry, National Review, 21 June 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 misinform was in the 14th century

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“Misinform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinform. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to give false or misleading information to

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