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.
misinterpretationplay \-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə-\ noun
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 of misinterpret from the Web
Guiao said in his email to me that the audit is being misinterpreted by some.
Heather had suspended Gidion for writing a disturbing essay, but Corynn — who shows up unexpectedly in the classroom just 72 hours after the boy’s death — said the teacher misinterpreted his words.
Some, like Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, were simply misinterpreted as attacks on science.
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First Known Use of misinterpret
MISINTERPRET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misinterpret for English Language Learners
: to understand or explain (something) incorrectly : to interpret (something) incorrectly
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