mis·​read | \ ˌmis-ˈrēd How to pronounce misread (audio) \
misread\ ˌmis-​ˈred How to pronounce misread (audio) \; misreading\ ˌmis-​ˈrē-​diŋ How to pronounce misread (audio) \

Definition of misread

transitive verb

1 : to read incorrectly
2 : to misinterpret in or as if in reading totally misread the lesson of history— Christopher Hollis

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Examples of misread in a Sentence

I guess I misread the instructions. They have misread the lessons of the past. Politicians may have misread the mood of the public. I badly misread the situation.
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Recent Examples on the Web In this case, the Trump team also selectively misread the provision in question. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Final Defense of His Presidency May Be His Most Deranged," 8 Feb. 2021 And to try to lump all of them in together is to misread this movement. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "Republican Steve Scalise and Democrat Donna Brazile point way to an undemonized politics," 21 Jan. 2021 But Warren and the Big Ten presidents who hired him have misread the room at every turn in this crazy year. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As Big Ten stumbles to end of season, it must get Ohio State into playoff," 9 Dec. 2020 Republican consultant Vinny Minchillo said Democrats misread the suburban electorate. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Republicans send Democrats an Election Day message: Texas is still red," 3 Nov. 2020 On the Ravens' first drive of the third quarter, Jackson misread the intentions of Steelers linebacker Alex Highsmith and dumped a touch pass directly into his arms. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 28-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers," 2 Nov. 2020 In Week 4, Pollard misread a kickoff and fielded it late, forcing Dallas to open at its 12. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys' special teams woes may be impacting the scoreboard more than you think," 17 Oct. 2020 First, Bridgewater’s computer models initially misread the markets for a second year in a row. Katherine Burton, Fortune, "The losses continue to pile up for hedge fund king Ray Dalio," 15 Sep. 2020 Sometimes people misread your approach and don't understand how your wit and humor play into the moment. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of misread

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misread was in 1658

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18 Feb 2021

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“Misread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misread. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misread

: to read (something) incorrectly
: to understand (something) incorrectly


mis·​read | \ mis-ˈrēd How to pronounce misread (audio) \
misread\ -​ˈred \; misreading\ -​ˈrēd-​ing \

Kids Definition of misread

1 : to incorrectly pronounce or understand something written
2 : misunderstand He misread the emotion on her face.

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