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

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 Wentz lost two yards in the air on the Colts next possession, and Nyheim Hines had a bad third-down drop on the following possession, appearing to misjudge the ball in the rain, forcing a three-and-out. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Oct. 2021 People often misjudge life expectancies, which over time have lengthened considerably. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 4 Sep. 2021 The move has left most people in Washington scratching their heads: How did an Administration led by a president with deep foreign-policy experience misjudge the situation so badly? Time, 17 Aug. 2021 But even experienced swimmers can misjudge water conditions and their own abilities, with harrowing consequences. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 Wofford warned that in most cases, the people who drown in Lake Berryessa are swimmers who misjudge how dangerous swimming in the lake can be. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 June 2021 Darting into pit lane for his first stop of the day, Wilson appeared simply to misjudge slowing down for the pit lane. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 30 May 2021 The pandemic sparked a boom in demand for home electronics and cloud services, and the economic slowdown also caused certain industries to badly misjudge how demand would fall. Will Knight, Wired, 13 May 2021 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, 29 Mar. 2021

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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 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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