misinterpret

verb mis·in·ter·pret \ ˌmi-sᵊn-ˈtər-prət , -pət \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of misinterpret

1 : to explain wrongly
  • His comment on the speech misinterprets the speaker's meaning.
2 : to understand wrongly
  • Her silence should not be misinterpreted as consent.

misinterpretation

play \ˌmi-sᵊn-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə-\ noun

Examples of misinterpret in a Sentence

  1. He claims that his statements have been misinterpreted by the media.

  2. Her silence should not be misinterpreted as consent.

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First Known Use of misinterpret

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MISINTERPRET Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of misinterpret for English Language Learners

  • : to understand or explain (something) incorrectly : to interpret (something) incorrectly



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