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

Other Words from misrepresent

misrepresentation \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) , -​zən-​ \ noun
misrepresentative \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce misrepresent (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.
Recent Examples on the Web African Americans and Native Americans, among other people of color, have been critical of history courses and textbooks that misrepresent their contributions. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Scientists should be especially careful not to misrepresent political or policy judgments as being scientific. Gary Saul Morson, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 Yet in retrospect, tastemakers’ preoccupation with grunge threatens to misrepresent where the music sat in the larger context of pop music in the 1990s. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Publishers can also prevent headlines from being altered to misrepresent the contents. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2021 Top members of former Cuomo's administration allegedly made the call to misrepresent the data to hide the higher Covid-19 death toll among the state's nursing home residents, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported in March. Mark Morales, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 The photos are digitally manipulated and misrepresent the structure of the fungus, which is primarily an underground network of fungal threads – not a giant mushroom. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 Avatars are an anchor through which a person connects with and navigates a virtual space, but research in gaming reveals they are often designed in ways that misrepresent and exclude people of color. Lucy Sparrow, Wired, 19 Oct. 2021 Academic experts reportedly accuse some Republican leaders misrepresent the academic framework of CRT and the extent to which it’s even being taught. al, 15 Oct. 2021

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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 misrepresent (audio) \ adjective
misrepresenter noun

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