mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \ (ˌ)mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \
misrepresented; misrepresenting; misrepresents

Definition of misrepresent

transitive verb

1 : to give a false or misleading representation of usually with an intent to deceive or be unfair misrepresented the facts
2 : to serve badly or improperly as a representative of

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Other Words from misrepresent

misrepresentation \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce misrepresentation (audio) , -​zən-​ \ noun
misrepresentative \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce misrepresentative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of misrepresent in a Sentence

The company is accused of misrepresenting its earnings. The movie deliberately misrepresents the facts about her life.

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Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Homeland Security secretary says she did not hear Trump use vulgar term at meeting," 16 Jan. 2018 The company also admitted that former executives misrepresented deal costs and made false statements to independent auditors to conceal the accounting. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Baton, Successor to Bankrate, Pays $28 Million to Settle Accounting Fraud Case," 6 Mar. 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 One of SCL’s former India partners, Avneesh Kumar Rai, said in an interview that the documents that Wylie tweeted Wednesday misrepresented SCL’s activities in India. Vidhi Doshi, Washington Post, "Whistleblower claims Cambridge Analytica’s partners in India worked on elections, raising privacy fears," 28 Mar. 2018 Each party has accused the other of misrepresenting sensitive intelligence surrounding the ongoing probe into whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Author: Karoun Demirjian, Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, "House panel votes to release Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo, forcing showdown with Trump," 6 Feb. 2018 The suits generally claim the companies misrepresented the addictive risk of their medicines in marketing materials, and seek to recoup the cost of opioid addiction borne by the government entities. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Calls On Justice Department to Sue Opioid Companies," 16 Aug. 2018 In the Family Fitness case, the state attorney general claims that Family Fitness misrepresented some information when consumers signed up for the gyms. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Ongoing court case in Michigan illustrates troubles canceling gym membership," 14 Jan. 2018 Trump tweeted as part of a series of Monday morning messages that often muddied — if not misrepresented — the facts about immigration both here and in Europe. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republican Lawmakers Aren't Backing Trump on Family Separations," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of misrepresent

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misrepresent was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of misrepresent

: to describe (someone or something) in a false way especially in order to deceive someone : to give someone a false idea about (something or someone)


mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \ ˌmis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \
misrepresented; misrepresenting

Kids Definition of misrepresent

: to give a false or misleading idea of The movie misrepresents what actually happened.


transitive verb
mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \ mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \

Legal Definition of misrepresent

: to make a misrepresentation about

intransitive verb

: to make a misrepresentation

Other Words from misrepresent

misrepresentative \ -​ˌre-​pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce misrepresentative (audio) \ adjective
misrepresenter noun

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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