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

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 In the 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Demeritte misjudged Jose Abreu’s double in the fifth inning, allowing the go-ahead run to score in a 2-2 tie. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers remain one play, one pitch short in 5-3 loss to White Sox," 6 Aug. 2019 Alex Bregman drove him in with a double that Justin Upton misjudged in left field. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros bounce back, blast Angels," 18 July 2019 That tweet was widely criticized for misjudging the national mood. James Masters, CNN, "How 'luck of the Irish' and 'Allah' inspired England's World Cup win," 15 July 2019 Eugénie Le Sommer faced an open net in the 58th minute after Naeher misjudged a cross, and shot the ball out of bounds. Jonathan Tannenwald, Pro Soccer USA, "France laments painful World Cup loss to U.S. on its home soil," 29 June 2019 Kim’s inspiration has largely been black women — see: her cornrows — and what makes this most problematic is that she is awarded for her appropriation, whilst black women are often demonized or misjudged for those same styles. Alisha Acquaye, Teen Vogue, "White People Need to Learn How to Appreciate a Different Culture Without Appropriating It," 23 Aug. 2018 Romelu Lukaku couldn't add to his four goals for Belgium and was substituted shortly after misjudging a through ball by De Bruyne. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "Belgium win 3rd place with victory over England," 14 July 2018

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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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