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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Thomas, though, misread its slicing action, allowing the ball to trickle to the wall untouched for a double. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 1 June 2022 Clary, however, may have developed enough of a friendship with and loyalty to Braunizer to sacrifice his objectivity and misread his interview subject and Schrödinger both. Rebecca Coffey, Forbes, 17 May 2022 In interviews, several said Judge Mizelle badly misread the law. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Opposition parties have also tried to pick apart Orban’s message of being a guarantor of Hungary’s security after the government misread the threat Russia posed and did a U-turn on the deployment of NATO troops in Hungary. Zoltan Simon, Bloomberg.com, 15 Mar. 2022 But Disney leadership badly misread the situation in Florida in ways that continue to have ripple effects. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Certainly, Macron did not entirely misread the concern of French voters over Russian atrocities in Ukraine. David A. Andelman, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Sometimes, Pentagon assessors simply misread the allegations, leading to the dismissal of a report. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2016 Their exits have solidified the reign of Chief Executive Officer Emmett Shear, whose engineering-first focus has led the company to misread what the streaming community wants, these people say. Cecilia D'anastasio, Bloomberg.com, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of misread

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Misread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misread. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for misread


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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