mis·​read | \ˌmis-ˈrēd \
misread\ -​ˈred \; misreading\ -​ˈrē-​diŋ \

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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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 Somehow, your tour operator had misread its own policy. Christopher Elliott, miamiherald, "I canceled my tour on time. Where’s my refund, Viator?," 12 July 2018 Particularly interesting are the mea culpas from Serreze and fellow scientists who chased scientific red herrings or, deafened by the din of natural climate variability, misread the data. Ashley Shelby, New York Times, "To the Poles — Before They Started Melting," 15 June 2018 Heavy crude from a ruptured pipe oozed into a creek feeding the Kalamazoo River in July 2010, a disaster compounded when Enbridge control center personnel in Canada misread alarms and boosted the flow. Washington Post, "Enbridge fined $1.8M for missing pipe inspection deadlines," 5 May 2018 The lower courts ignored or misread these precedents in such a cavalier and political fashion that the Supreme Court needs to step in for the sake of the judiciary. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump at the Supreme Court," 23 Apr. 2018 That brought up Gennett, who sent a fly ball to left that Thames both misread and lost in the sun. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Shortened roster comes back to bite Brewers in the end," 30 June 2018 In that crash, an engineer misread a signal and failed to slow the train, investigators said. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Houston produces a lot of chlorine so responders need to be prepared," 20 June 2018 Her interest was sparked by a family friend, Dr. George Burgess Magrath, one of the first medical examiners in the country, who believed many cases went unsolved because untrained investigators contaminated or misread crime scenes. CBS News, "Dollhouse crime scenes," 14 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of misread

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of misread

: to read (something) incorrectly

: to understand (something) incorrectly


mis·​read | \mis-ˈrēd \
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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