misinterpret

verb
mis·​in·​ter·​pret | \ ˌmi-sᵊn-ˈtər-prət How to pronounce misinterpret (audio) , -pət \
misinterpreted; misinterpreting; misinterprets

Definition of misinterpret

transitive verb

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.

Examples of misinterpret in a Sentence

He claims that his statements have been misinterpreted by the media. Her silence should not be misinterpreted as consent.
Recent Examples on the Web Over time, though, organizations can move further away from the original concept with implementations that misinterpret the original meaning. Pieter Danhieux, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 To make any sweeping judgments about any one mindset present in the film is to misinterpret it, to see it from a narrow perspective instead of the big picture, when in fact, no one is right and no one is wrong. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 White played Rose, a gentle, dim widow who managed to misinterpret most situations. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 White played Rose, a gentle, dim widow who managed to misinterpret most situations. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 By sending military supplies to Ukraine, by deploying troops to Eastern Europe, by preparing sanctions, the Biden administration has orchestrated a set of signals that even Mr. Putin can’t misinterpret. WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 White played Rose, a gentle, dim widow who managed to misinterpret most situations. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2022 White played Rose, a gentle, dim-bulb widow who managed to misinterpret most situations. Frazier Moore, ajc, 31 Dec. 2021 But the posts misinterpret agenda items for the state's Jan. 12 virtual public meeting. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misinterpret

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Apr 2022

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“Misinterpret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misinterpret. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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