mislead

verb
mis·​lead | \ ˌmis-ˈlēd \
misled\ -​ˈled \; 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 \ -​ˈlē-​diŋ-​lē \ 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 bill’s supporters argued that Cotton either misunderstood the bill or was misleading the public about it. German Lopez, Vox, "The Senate just passed criminal justice reform," 19 Dec. 2018 Lawrence Kudlow, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, also presented a rosy picture, though others who are tracking the talks say statements may be misleading. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Names Lighthizer to Run U.S.-China Negotiations," 3 Dec. 2018 But claims that the repeal plans would have eliminated coverage for all of them are misleading. Linda Qiu, The Seattle Times, "A Fact-Checker’s Guide to Thanksgiving Politics," 21 Nov. 2018 Schnader Harrison and Rosenfield on Monday said the claims in the federal court suit in Philadelphia were misleading and inaccurate. Bob Fernandez, Philly.com, "Philly law firm Schnader Harrison, lawyer sued in Middleton brother-sister feud over billions," 26 June 2018 Near the end, Madaleno rebelled against those rules by interjecting that many of his opponents were misleading voters into thinking most of the revenue Maryland gets from casinos does not go to education. Michael Dresser, baltimoresun.com, "Pot, polls and pizza: Maryland Democratic candidates for governor end debate on high note," 14 June 2018 At the same time, Uber reduced some safety precautions, and was sometimes misleading in its description of its program and its failures. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "At Uber, Troubling Signs Were Rampant Long Before a Fatal Self-Driving Crash," 24 Mar. 2018 Schwab says statements were misleading because the agency would never be able to capture everyone on the Northern California target list. CBS News, "ICE spokesman James Schwab quits, disputes claims 800 eluded arrest," 13 Mar. 2018 The court filings in Canada allege that at least three other global banks were misled by Huawei employees and representatives about the relationship between Huawei and Skycom. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Two British Banks Ensnared in Huawei Dispute," 9 Dec. 2018

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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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More Definitions for mislead

mislead

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mislead

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

mislead

verb
mis·​lead | \ mis-ˈlēd \
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 \
misled\ -​ˈled \; 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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