mis·​judge | \ ˌmis-ˈjəj How to pronounce misjudge (audio) \
misjudged; misjudging; misjudges

Definition of misjudge

intransitive verb

: to be mistaken in judgment

transitive verb

1 : to estimate wrongly
2 : to have an unjust opinion of

Other Words from misjudge

misjudgment \ ˌmis-​ˈjəj-​mənt How to pronounce misjudge (audio) \ noun

Examples of misjudge in a Sentence

I can see that I've completely misjudged you. I apologize. The outfielder misjudged the fly ball and it went over his head. The pilot misjudged the landing.
Recent Examples on the Web Those with good intentions may misjudge or not know the recipient well enough. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 When doctors overvalue intuition Doctors routinely misjudge the accuracy of their instincts and the relevance of past experiences with patients. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 As a result, the radio altimeters and automated landing controls can misjudge distances when operating under 2,500 feet and cause a plane crash. Geoff Whitmore, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Wentz lost two yards in the air on the Colts next possession, and Nyheim Hines had a bad third-down drop on the following possession, appearing to misjudge the ball in the rain, forcing a three-and-out. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Oct. 2021 People often misjudge life expectancies, which over time have lengthened considerably. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 The move has left most people in Washington scratching their heads: How did an Administration led by a president with deep foreign-policy experience misjudge the situation so badly? Time, 17 Aug. 2021 But even experienced swimmers can misjudge water conditions and their own abilities, with harrowing consequences. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 Wofford warned that in most cases, the people who drown in Lake Berryessa are swimmers who misjudge how dangerous swimming in the lake can be. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of misjudge

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Misjudge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misjudge. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for misjudge


mis·​judge | \ mis-ˈjəj How to pronounce misjudge (audio) \
misjudged; misjudging

Kids Definition of misjudge

: to make a wrong or unfair judgment or estimate of

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