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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Emojis are most effective as emotional shorthand, helping to signal tone in digital communications, where tone is so easily misread. Michele Moses, The New Yorker, "A Bot That Captures the Ambivalence of Human Emotion," 4 Sep. 2019 Android's no safer While Beer highlights some of the iPhone's vulnerabilities, the attack shouldn't be misread to suggest that Google's Android operating system is safer, Levin said. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Hackers breached iPhones for years, Google says," 30 Aug. 2019 One judge dissented One of the court's judges, Michele Hotten, dissented, arguing that the judges were misreading the law. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Court: Girl broke child porn law by texting explicit video of herself," 29 Aug. 2019 These readers and academics misread both Alcott and Jo. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Louisa May Alcott: A Writer for All Ages," 22 Aug. 2019 Yet Rosselló misread the anger brewing among his people after years of economic stagnation and broken promises. Patricia Mazzei, BostonGlobe.com, "Puerto Rico’s governor misread the anger brewing about him," 25 July 2019 The timing of Fukuyama’s essay — it was published a few months before the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Empire began to disintegrate — may have been why critics misread it. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ Was Misunderstood by Critics," 7 Aug. 2019 Hoang’s books and her own love story show that misreading social cues isn’t always a hindrance. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "A romance novelist struggled with Asperger’s. Now she writes about love on the spectrum.," 19 July 2019 This misread the reasons for the underwhelming political effect of the report, though. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Mueller Fizzle," 26 July 2019

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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 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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