mislead

verb
mis·​lead | \ ˌmis-ˈlēd How to pronounce mislead (audio) \
misled\ ˌmis-​ˈled How to pronounce misled (audio) \; misleading

Definition of mislead

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

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Other Words from mislead

misleader noun
misleadingly \ ˌmis-​ˈlē-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce misleadingly (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of mislead in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The feud stems from a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation in 2018 that alleged the chief executive of Tesla Inc. misled investors by tweeting about a potential buyout of his company. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Musk, SEC Reach Deal to End Court Fight Over Tesla CEO’s Tweets," 26 Apr. 2019 John Zalsman and David Hughes, both maintenance workers at the park, face charges of misleading investigators. Steve Vockrodt And Lauren Fox, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn to tear down Verruckt water slide in KCK where young boy died in 2016," 12 July 2018 But days like this one are helpful reminders that Cruz is also an intellectually dishonest charlatan who has no qualms about misleading constituents in order to promote an ideological agenda. Jay Willis, GQ, "Ted Cruz Has No Problem Misleading Voters for Even the Faintest Semblance of Praise," 5 June 2018 In an interview with Politico, Tennessee Star co-founder Steve Gill insists that, name aside, his outlet’s ideology is too transparent to mislead anyone. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "‘Baby Breitbarts’ Might Be the Future of Local Newspapers," 1 May 2018 The Consumer Reports study design was misleading and made people distrust their sunscreen for no reason. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Sunscreen sun protection factor (SPF) testing methods explained," 16 Apr. 2018 In his first interview since the conclusion of the special counsel’s investigation, Mr. Rosenstein beat back suggestions that Mr. Barr is trying to mislead the public by releasing only a four-page summary of Robert Mueller’s investigation. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Rod Rosenstein Defends Justice Department Handling of Mueller Report," 11 Apr. 2019 Yet it was given what many advocates say is a misleading set of diagnostic criteria and a trivializing name, chronic fatigue syndrome, by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control 30 years ago. Megan Doherty, Chicago Reader, "ME myalgic encephalomyelitis chronic fatigue syndrome CFS Millions Missing Depaul University CDC," 10 May 2018 Don't be misleading about yourself, your life, or your interests (or kids!) in an online profile or in person. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "12 Smart Ways to Make Dating After Divorce Easier, According to Therapists," 1 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of mislead

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of mislead was before the 12th century

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mislead

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mislead

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

mislead

verb
mis·​lead | \ mis-ˈlēd How to pronounce mislead (audio) \
misled\ -​ˈled \; misleading

Kids Definition of mislead

: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true His comments were intended to mislead the public.

mislead

verb
mis·​lead | \ mis-ˈlēd How to pronounce mislead (audio) \
misled\ -​ˈled How to pronounce misled (audio) \; misleading

Legal Definition of mislead

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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