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 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 Do people misjudge your perfectionism as aloofness? Los Angeles Times, "How Lana Del Rey reinvented herself ... and modern-day rock stardom," 3 Oct. 2019 Buzzi had apparently misjudged the entrance between two causeways and ran into a spit of boulders installed to protect the dam, which acts as a flood barrier for the Floating City, the outlet reported. Fox News, "Italian champion speedboat racer, 2 crew members killed near Venice trying to break record," 18 Sep. 2019 Trump may have misjudged his other potential interlocutors too. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Bolton is out, but Trump’s pivot to diplomacy is shaky," 12 Sep. 2019 In a flash, the onrushing keeper wiped him out on the follow-through after disastrously misjudging the flight of the ball. SI.com, "J-League 2 Player Hayato Nakama Completes Football With Greatest Goal of All Time," 8 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of misjudge

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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16 Nov 2019

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“Misjudge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misjudging. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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