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 company used aggressive, allegedly misleading, sales tactics to push physicians to prescribe millions of doses of its dangerously addictive pills. Anchorage Daily News, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 The company used aggressive, allegedly misleading, sales tactics to push physicians to prescribe millions of doses of its dangerously addictive pills. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Purdue Pharma, drugmaker accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, files for bankruptcy," 15 Sep. 2019 And politically motivated deepfakes will inevitably mislead the public and potentially impact the democratic process selections. David Singer, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Hollywood Can (and Can’t) Fight Back Against Deepfake Videos (Guest Column)," 7 Sep. 2019 But actual fake news -- that is, false or deliberately misleading information masquerading as news -- really can be a problem. oregonlive.com, "Kellyanne Conway ‘to lay low until the rule of law dies down’: Americans often fooled by satire, researchers find," 19 Aug. 2019 While stats can often be misleading, and have been used to herald the arrival of many a flop in the past, Pepe's haul last year clearly outlines his finishing ability and desire to grab goals from midfield. SI.com, "Assessing Arsenal's Most Expensive Transfers Following the Signing of £72m Man Nicolas Pepe," 2 Aug. 2019 Webb is seeking class-action status for the suit, claiming thousands of GCU students could similarly have been misled. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Lawsuit: GCU recruiters committed fraud by enrolling students based on false promises," 18 July 2019 Murphy denied misleading Congress, maintaining that the decision about where to put the FBI was made before that meeting. al.com, "Decision to not move FBI headquarters and shuffle staff to Alabama will be investigated by DOJ," 3 July 2019 While some might argue that not having those words would give it wider appeal, to remove them would mislead people about the organization that supports the Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor, "What is The Christian Science Monitor?," 7 June 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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mislear

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mislearn

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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 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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