mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \(ˌ)mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent \
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, -​zən-​ \ noun
misrepresentative \-​ˈzen-​tə-​tiv \ 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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Mosby and Vignarajah hammered away at Bates with ads and mailers, accusing him of misrepresenting his record. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Marilyn Mosby wins re-election in three-way race for Baltimore state's attorney," 26 June 2018 For black women, flattery is simply not enough of a reason to permit white and other non-black people to repurpose, misrepresent, and profit from our culture. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Some White Influencers Are Being Accused of "Blackfishing," or Using Makeup to Appear Black," 16 Nov. 2018 Melissa Howard agreed to serve 90 days of probation and completing 25 hours of community service to escape prosecution for misrepresenting her academic standing. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Politicians caught padding their resumes, from fake diplomas to biographical discrepancies," 21 Sep. 2018 The announcement came as Salazar, who is hoping to join a wave of challengers toppling establishment Democrats, has faced scrutiny over embarrassing episodes in her past and intense criticism for misrepresenting elements of her biography. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "NY candidate: Netanyahu spokesman sexually assaulted me," 11 Sep. 2018 And tight end Zach Ertz also expressed his frustration with Fox for misrepresenting the facts. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Fox News’s kneeling error and the role of prayer and faith in NFL protests," 5 June 2018 My next pet peeve is brewers misrepresenting what’s actually in the package. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Fact or fiction: When good beers lie," 19 Apr. 2018 The Campaign Legal Center's complaint to the FEC accuses Highway 31 of not diclosing that fact and misrepresenting its donors. Howard Koplowitz, AL.com, "Pro-Doug Jones super PAC failed to disclose donors: Watchdog group's complaint," 5 Mar. 2018 The violations referred to the department include breaking hazardous waste and air pollution laws, misrepresenting information to the agency and repeatedly creating noxious odors, the Dec. 22 letter says. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barrel plant pollution violations referred to Wisconsin Justice Department for possible litigation," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of misrepresent

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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 \

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 \ adjective
misrepresenter noun

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