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.

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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 Here’s the problem: That statistic, 314%, is misleading to the point of being a lie. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "On child separations, Trump administration shows how to lie with numbers," 19 June 2018 Last year, the controversial head of the clinic, Stanislaw Burzynski, was disciplined by the Texas Medical Board for misleading terminally ill cancer patients about their treatments and risks. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Crowdfunding raises millions for quack cancer remedies, like coffee enemas," 20 Sep. 2018 In France, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news service is helping scrub news stories, photos, and videos for misleading information. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Facebook Expanding Fact-Checking Project to Combat Fake News," 21 June 2018 That revelation helped secure criminal convictions against several tobacco companies for misleading the public, as well as billions of dollars in settlement payments for victims. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The EPA Is Acting Like Big Tobacco," 26 Apr. 2018 Flynn was later fired for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussion with a Russian official. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "9 memorable quotes from James Comey's memos about Trump," 20 Apr. 2018 Since the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the children remain under investigation, passing out blame is misleading, at best. 2. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "President Donald Trump Tweeted Incessantly Over the Holiday Break," 2 Jan. 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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