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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Here is a play in which the plot is almost translucently thin—everyone loves the wrong person, misreading signs and mistreating sign-bearers along the way. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 What is considered a uncommon betrayal takes on an entirely new twist as Israeli and Palestinian authorities misread the writing on the wall. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Film about affair between Israeli and Palestinian to open in South Florida," 3 July 2019 Critics of the Trump administration’s negotiations say the president is misreading Kim, who has shown no desire to abandon his nuclear and missile arsenal. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Trump’s surprise meeting with Kim is over. For Pompeo, the real work has just begun.," 1 July 2019 One was a double on a line drive that Alex Verdugo should’ve caught but misread with two outs in the seventh inning. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "The Sports Report: The inside look at the NBA draft," 19 June 2019 City lawyers accuse the parks group of exaggerating potential environmental problems, misreading the law and misrepresenting how the approval works. USA TODAY, "Black Union regiment flag, Notorious BIG, Pikachu the mini pony: News from around our 50 states," 12 June 2019 City attorneys have also accused the parks group of misreading the law and misrepresenting how the land approval works. Washington Post, "Judge: Obama center construction can move forward in Chicago," 11 June 2019 City lawyers said Protect Our Parks misread the law, misrepresented how the approval process played out and exaggerated potential environmental disruptions. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago," 19 Feb. 2019 Leonard gave the chuckle of someone who had misread an instruction manual on how to do it. New York Times, "The Raptors’ Journey to the Top of the N.B.A.," 14 June 2019

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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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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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