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 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 But misjudging Lincoln’s role as executive and his commitment to larger obligations is Bordewich’s more telling mistake. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Abraham Lincoln’s Radical Moderation," 12 Mar. 2020 The only characteristic this year’s Celtics share with last year’s basketball bust is that both were sorely misjudged from the outset on the outside. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics again defying expectations this season, but this time in a good way," 13 Feb. 2020 The clear message is that any Democrats hostile to this Republican hero are vicious, misjudged and borderline traitorous. The Economist, "Political cartoons Why the Democratic Party is symbolised by a donkey," 14 Jan. 2020 Three times with the score at 0-0, Arsenal had chances, the best of them as Jordan Henderson misjudged a bouncing ball. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Liverpool Delivers Arsenal Sobering Reminder of Superiority In 3-1 Victory at Anfield," 24 Aug. 2019 Busch admittedly misjudged a gap and unintentionally wrecked Elliott in what turned out to be the final green-flag lap of Wednesday night’s race. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 live stream: How to watch online, TV info, time, Charlotte lineup," 24 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 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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