mislead

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

Other Words from mislead

misleader noun
misleadingly \ ˌmis-​ˈlē-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce mislead (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 Development of a disciplinary process for agents who mislead customers about coverage. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Ten former Trump administration officials were subpoenaed Tuesday for evidence and testimony surrounding efforts to mislead the public about the 2020 presidential election, among other things. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2021 The amount of disinformation spoken on the floors and halls of Congress every day probably far exceeds every effort by fossil fuel companies to mislead the public on climate change. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 The main point of the deception isn’t to mislead callers about his name. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 His callous choice to mislead the FAA hampered the agency's ability to protect the flying public and left pilots in the lurch, lacking information about certain 737 MAX flight controls. Mina Kaji, ABC News, 14 Oct. 2021 Did Kokorich mislead investors about his immigration status? Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 15 July 2021 However, the latest release on the B-2 gives away tantalizingly little – and may even mislead — in what looks very like a deliberate act of trolling. David Hambling, Forbes, 7 July 2021 In its motion Monday, Justice Department lawyers said the government never meant to mislead the court but acknowledged that some of its language could have been clearer. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of mislead

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

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29 Nov 2021

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“Mislead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mislead. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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 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 mislead (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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