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 Projections about future increases are also misleading. Jessica Gold, STAT, "Don’t use ‘deaths of despair’ as rationale for reopening the country too soon," 31 May 2020 Earlier this week, a tweet from Trump about mail-in voting was labeled as misleading by Twitter. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Plainly illegal': Senate Democrat condemns Trump's social media executive order," 28 May 2020 Chafing at the loss, the Libyans sued on grounds that they had been misled, but an indulgent British judge let the bank off the hook, ruling that the Libyans had only themselves to blame. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 And yet the apparent ubiquity of news and information is misleading. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Fate of the News in the Age of the Coronavirus," 29 Mar. 2020 That may be misleading, however, as the state has only reported only 41 positive tests so far. USA Today, "How old are coronavirus patients in the US? We looked at hospitalization data from 19 states," 28 Mar. 2020 In response, Burr said the NPR report was misleading. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "The Senator Who Dumped His Stocks Before the Coronavirus Crash Has Asked Ethics Officials for a “Complete Review”," 20 Mar. 2020 His campaign has assailed Ackison and her supporters with negative advertising, called out by the Toledo Blade in one instance as misleading. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "The dramatic Ohio Senate primary election between Bill Reineke and Melissa Ackison is a race to remember," 11 Mar. 2020 In the days after the meeting, Bunch’s claim that the land in question was under the authority of Montgomery County officials was contradicted by Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, who said Bunch’s claims were misleading. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Boy Scouts footbridge being repaired after utility work damage highlighted by Woodlands resident," 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mislead

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

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“Mislead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mislead. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for mislead

mislead

verb
How to pronounce mislead (audio)

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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