misread

verb
mis·​read | \ ˌmis-ˈrēd How to pronounce misread (audio) \
misread\ ˌmis-​ˈred How to pronounce misread (audio) \; misreading\ ˌmis-​ˈrē-​diŋ How to pronounce misreading (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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Investigators later determined that Department of Environmental Quality officials misread federal guidelines and did not require use of corrosion-control additives. John Flesher, The Seattle Times, "Michigan governor revamps environmental agency after Flint," 4 Feb. 2019 Numerous fact-checkers, including The Washington Post and FactCheck, concluded that both liberal politicians had misread the paper's conclusions. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Ocasio-Cortez: 'Medicare for all' would save 'very large amount of money,' despite studies showing $30T cost," 16 Sep. 2018 Defense attorneys countered Salman was essentially bullied into the confession, and that investigators had misread her text. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Noor Salman, the Orlando nightclub shooter’s wife, acquitted of charges she aided 2016 massacre," 30 Mar. 2018 The tortured moves that Mr. Kershaw documents, by which the Atlantis myth has been recast as fact and willfully misread, remind us of how vital such distinctions are for a society striving to stay free. James Romm, WSJ, "‘The Search for Atlantis’ Review: Enchanted Island," 4 Oct. 2018 Somehow, your tour operator had misread its own policy. Christopher Elliott, The Seattle Times, "Travel Troubleshooter | I canceled my tour on time. Where’s my refund, Viator?," 16 July 2018 The brand has been unable to generate buzz, largely because General Motors repeatedly misread where the market is headed and what luxury buyers want. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Cadillac builds great cars -- so why the turmoil?," 27 Apr. 2018 The comments come just two days after North Korea warned the United States not to misread peace overtures as a sign of weakness, accusing the Trump administration of deliberately provoking Pyongyang with tough talk and a show of military strength. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: 'Denuclearization is achievable'," 8 May 2018 According to media reports, Mr. Chen’s lawyer at the time said in court the chairman had been drinking and had misread the situation. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Difficult Conversation: When the Harasser Is a Client," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of misread

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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misread

verb

English Language Learners Definition of misread

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

misread

verb
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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