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.
Recent Examples on the Web Many people believe that the 12 days of Christmas are the days leading to December 25 (that’s thanks to popular songs and movies tending to misrepresent it). Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Here's When to Take Down Your Christmas Tree," 6 Nov. 2020 And so people have quickly become attuned to the possibility that companies may misrepresent not just their products, but their politics. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "If everybody hates wokewashing, why do companies still do it?," 22 Oct. 2020 And In July, the state complained that some labs were only reporting positive results, resulting in incomplete data that would ultimately misrepresent the positivity rate and the general impact of the coronavirus pandemic across communities. Paola Pérez, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida adds 5,570 coronavirus cases after duplicate test data halts daily report," 11 Oct. 2020 In a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, the Biden campaign accused Facebook of regressing in its mission to aggressively fight misinformation about the 2020 election by not barring posts from the president that misrepresent the voting process. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook bans ads that seek to delegitimize the election or make false claims about voting," 1 Oct. 2020 Impersonate any person, or misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person or organization or use multiple accounts. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Terms of Service," 23 Sep. 2020 Prosecutors also have to establish intent, showing that the organization engaged in a willful effort to misrepresent the valuations for the purposes of financial gain. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Investigations Provide a Window Into How Trump Does Business," 29 Aug. 2020 Netflix took note of the overwhelming criticism and issued an apology, stating that its intention was not to misrepresent the film in any way. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Netflix Apologises After Receiving Backlash For Inappropriate “Cuties” Poster," 21 Aug. 2020 Douglas NeJaime, Anne Urowsky Professor of Law at Yale University, said divorce filings misrepresent the total number of failing marriages during the pandemic. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "Connecticut attorneys say marriages are holding steady, as other states see spike in COVID-19 divorces," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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“Misrepresent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misrepresent. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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