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

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Other Words from misjudge

misjudgment \ ˌmis-​ˈjəj-​mənt How to pronounce misjudgment (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web His predecessor misjudged challenges that the company still faces, including the 737 Max's problems, missed deadlines and halted production. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: China trade, 2020 Dems, NCAA football, Oscar noms, NFL," 12 Jan. 2020 People often misjudge singles in their 30s and beyond as not having their lives together. Danielle Sepulveres, Washington Post, "The hypocrisy in encouraging women to be single in their 20s and judging them for it in their 30s," 19 Dec. 2019 The petite, lithe and translucent crustaceans aren’t easy to snag, and misjudging the coordinates of a catch can leave a cuttlefish empty-tentacled. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Scientists Velcroed 3-D Glasses to Cuttlefish to Study Their Depth Perception," 8 Jan. 2020 Additionally, a 2014 study published in Sociology of Education found that children with incarcerated parents were more likely to repeat a grade because teachers misjudged their ability to excel academically. Nylah Burton, Essence, "Research Shows Incarceration Devastates U.S. Black Families Fifty Percent More Than Other Families," 30 Oct. 2019 To hide that reason and the URL inside the video and expect people to see the video and then arrive at their conclusion is not misplaced, but misjudged. Karthik Srinivasan, Quartz India, "Deepika Padukone needs to have a chat with her public relations team," 18 Oct. 2019 The fallback plan would be aimed at ensuring there is not a financial crisis if negotiators misjudged the government’s balance sheet and Treasury did not have enough money to make payments while lawmakers were out of town. Damian Paletta, BostonGlobe.com, "White House presses for fall-back plan on debt ceiling if budget talks fall through," 15 July 2019 Quincy Promes' free-kick was misjudged by Tammy Abraham, who was only able to flick the ball past a helpless Kepa. SI.com, "Chelsea 4-4 Ajax: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Champions League Classic Ends All Square," 5 Nov. 2019 According to police reports, the driver misjudged the depth of the ditch along the road, drove into the ditch, then hit the embankment. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Driver crashes after misjudging ditch: Hinckley Township Police Blotter," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of misjudge

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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26 Jan 2020

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“Misjudge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misjudge. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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How to pronounce misjudge (audio)

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 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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