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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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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The Katrina poll found that people 57 percent of people who didn’t evacuate misjudged the severity of the storm. Washington Post, "Why do some people refuse to evacuate during a hurricane? For the same reasons people don’t listen to warnings they should save money.," 5 Sep. 2019 Daly was essentially in a tryout for that seat next year, but didn't even make it through the first turn after Rahal misjudged the corner and triggered a multi-car accident. oregonlive, "Grand Prix of Portland: Will Power wins IndyCar event at PIR in big day for Team Penske (PHOTOS)," 2 Sep. 2019 There were still traces of rust on Saturday: misjudged groundstrokes and mistimed returns off second serves against Görges that looked ready to be punished. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Reminds the Wimbledon Field That She Is Still a Force," 6 July 2019 The governments of Hong Kong and China misjudged how the world would react to their suppression of Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms. The Economist, "Hong Kong can be a gateway to liberal values for China," 10 Sep. 2019 Yet the majority misjudged the timing and missed the cut off. George Ramsay, CNN, "Italian GP practice shortened after horrific Formula 3 crash," 7 Sep. 2019 Despite being bold statements of the future, the projects fatally misjudged progress itself. Edward Carr, 1843, "We apologise for the decay," 29 Aug. 2019 The authorities have from the start misjudged the depth of the anger driving people into the streets. New York Times, "With Troop Buildup, China Sends a Stark Warning to Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019 The authorities have from the start misjudged the depth of the anger driving people into the streets. Steven Lee Myers, BostonGlobe.com, "With troop buildup, China sends a stark warning to Hong Kong," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 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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