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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The conference’s tournament run has revived familiar gripes that the sports and media powers in the east misjudge the strength of play in the West because the games start too late. Laine Higgins, WSJ, "While You Were Sleeping, the Pac-12 Prepared to Dominate March Madness," 29 Mar. 2021 Vaccination sites can misjudge the number of sign-ups, and even if everything is properly planned, there are sometimes no-shows. New York Times, "I’m Not Eligible for the Vaccine Yet. Can I Hunt for a Surplus Dose?," 16 Mar. 2021 And, as with the flu virus, there is a constant risk that researchers will misjudge and fail to spot an emerging and fast-spreading variant that will once again put many people at risk of hospitalization or death. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "As mutant COVID variants multiply, the hunt is on for a ‘universal’ kill-all vaccine," 19 Feb. 2021 Oh, do continue to love me — never misjudge your shopper’s most faithful heart. Joanna O' Leary, Chron, "How do we love thee, Fiesta? Let us count the ways," 11 Nov. 2020 Horseflies misjudge landing on zebra patterns compared with solid grey or black surfaces, which provides evidence for why evolution came up with the black and white pattern. Mark Stratton, Scientific American, "Zebra Coloration Messes With Fly Eyes," 10 Nov. 2020 What does worry some experts in Asian security issues, however, is that China might misjudge the U.S., seeing it as weak and distracted with multiple crises and thus unlikely to respond to Chinese provocations. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, "How China’s heavy steps in Hong Kong reverberate in Taiwan," 12 June 2020 But new research suggests that those pesky insects have been badly misjudged. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Moths play a vital role in pollinating flowers and plants, new research suggests," 15 May 2020 Others argued that the Police Department, which has been plagued by past accusations of misconduct and flawed investigations, misjudged the case. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Killing of Ahmaud Arbery Is Switched to a Fourth Prosecutor," 11 May 2020

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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 7 May. 2021.

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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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