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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Examples of misinform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The defendants negligently misinformed the plaintiff that her brother had died on July 29, 2018. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "Journalism That Holds Power to Account," 3 Nov. 2019 Do your research, ask questions and go over every detail personally to avoid being shafted or misinformed. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 18, 2019," 18 Sep. 2019 Hall said fake news is false or inaccurate information spread by accident or design to misinform and disinform. Pomerado News, "U-T editorial director: Good journalism is accurate, starts a conversation," 23 Aug. 2019 North Dakota’s law undermines this relationship by requiring physicians to mislead and misinform their patients with messages that contradict reality and science. NBC News, "AMA says North Dakota is trying to turn abortion doctors into 'government mouthpieces'," 2 July 2019 But, of course, Facebook played an especially helpful role in Trump’s election—its negligence allowed the Trump campaign to misinform and agitate voters without consequences. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech," 18 July 2019 As cases of measles in the United States have exploded in recent years—largely due to a small but loud band of anti-vaccine advocates misinforming parents—states are now cracking down on non-medical exemptions. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Antivaxxers turn to homeschooling to avoid protecting their kids’ health," 8 July 2019 Rappler found the best way to combat these attacks was to track how the disinformation campaigns worked, to try and show the public precisely how they were being misinformed. Hunter Holcombe, CBS News, "A "dictator's playbook" is threatening democracy. This woman is fighting back.," 27 June 2019 In pushing this narrative, the administration is either willfully ignorant of or misinformed about the reality that a great many domestic car brands source their vehicles and parts from outside the U.S. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "President Trump Appears to Kick the 25 Percent Auto Tariff Can down the Road," 15 May 2019

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First Known Use of misinform

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Misinform.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinform. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of misinform

: to give (someone) false or incorrect information

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