mislead

verb mis·lead \ ˌmis-ˈlēd \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of mislead

misled play \-ˈled\; misleading
transitive verb
: to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit
  • His comments were a deliberate attempt to mislead the public.
intransitive verb
: to lead astray : give a wrong impression
  • exciting as they are, they mislead
  • —E. M. Forster

misleader

noun

misleadingly

play \-ˈlē-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of mislead in a Sentence

  1. We believe that her comments were deliberately meant to mislead the public.

  2. We believe that her comments were deliberately meant to mislead.

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First Known Use of mislead

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of mislead

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness.
    • tried to deceive me about the cost
mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional.
    • I was misled by the confusing sign
delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth.
    • we were deluded into thinking we were safe
beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving.
    • was beguiled by false promises

MISLEAD Defined for English Language Learners

mislead

verb

Definition of mislead for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true


MISLEAD Defined for Kids

mislead

verb mis·lead \ mis-ˈlēd \

Definition of mislead for Students

misled \-ˈled\; misleading
: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true His comments were intended to mislead the public.

Law Dictionary

mislead

verb mis·lead \ mis-ˈlēd \

legal Definition of mislead

misled play \-ˈled\; misleading
transitive verb
: to lead into a mistaken action or belief : to cause to have a false impression
intransitive verb
: to create a false impression — compare deceive


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