Definition of mislead
: 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.
: to lead astray : give a wrong impression exciting as they are, they mislead — E. M. Forster
misleadinglyplay \-ˈlē-diŋ-lē\ adverb
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 of mislead from the Web
People at all income levels would see some of the money, but characterizing the cuts as a boon for the middle class is misleading.
Those specs misled those of us who aspired to be like the top shooters.
SNU’s Joo—the group’s representative—argues that Moon has been bolstering his antinuclear case by making misleading claims about the Fukushima disaster and its consequences.
A grand jury indicted Astarita on making false statements to his FBI supervisors just after the shooting and obstruction of justice for misleading the Oregon State Police.
The season was a marked improvement for the former Bull, but his impressive numbers are misleading.
The president has also seemed at times to regret his decision to fire his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russians.
This statement is misleading, revealing a troubling lack of knowledge about the project’s potential impact.
Don’t be misled: Scouts see a point guard with fine court vision, a natural gift for creating open shots for teammates.
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First Known Use of mislead
before 12th century
Synonym Discussion of mislead
MISLEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mislead for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true
MISLEAD Defined for Kids
Definition of mislead for Students
: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true His comments were intended to mislead the public.
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