mis·judge | \ˌmis-ˈjəj \
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

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Other Words from misjudge

misjudgment \-ˈjəj-mənt \ 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.
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President Trump’s antitrust chief Makan Delrahim should reflect long and hard on how the government so misjudged the law and the media marketplace. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Justice’s Antitrust Humiliation," 12 June 2018 Persistently irrational decision makers in a competitive marketplace can be expected to misjudge costs and overlook profitable trading opportunities—and, consequently, lose access to resources. Richard B. Mckenzie, WSJ, "People Aren’t Rational, and That’s Why We Need Free Trade," 15 June 2018 But Fir Tree and others who pursued this trade misjudged investors’ appetite for many of the stocks. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Behind a Hedge Fund’s Billion-Dollar Bet On Busted Oil Companies," 20 May 2018 Bebeto was unfortunate to not find a way past a covering Marcel Desially, as the towering defender was covering on the line to spare the blushes of his 'keeper having misjudged a long Roberto Carlos throw in. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - France Claim Maiden World Cup on Home Soil With Win Over Brazil," 19 May 2018 Like her misjudged timing of the election, the reshuffle appeared to undermine Mrs May’s authority further. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 Jan. 2018 Ed Sheeran While opening for bestie Taylor Swift on her 2013 Red tour, the singer-songwriter misjudged his ability to jump onto a piece of sound equipment, and ended up heading for the floor. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "13 Brave Singers Who Survived Absolutely Brutal Stage Falls," 9 July 2018 Woods was in the fairway, then misjudged the wind on his second shot and hit it over the green. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Unable to Avoid 'Others,' Tiger Woods Turned a 72 Into a 78 on Thurday at the U.S. Open," 14 June 2018 Giolito was gone by the fifth, when Thompson misjudged a fly and the Pirates took the lead. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Can White Sox be lovable losers as they drop games at franchise-record pace?," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of misjudge

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of misjudge was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of misjudge

: to have an unfair opinion about (someone)

: to estimate (something, such as an amount, distance, etc.) incorrectly


mis·judge | \mis-ˈjəj \
misjudged; misjudging

Kids Definition of misjudge

: to make a wrong or unfair judgment or estimate of

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