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

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betray, represent

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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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Allegations that the Fox School of Business misrepresented data for applicants for its online M.B.A. program — helping the program win a top slot in U.S. News’ annual rankings — surfaced in January and bubbled for months. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "In wake of biz school scandal, Temple faces more scrutiny for data falsification," 11 July 2018 Justice officials say Avenatti misrepresented information in a bankruptcy case involving his former law firm that owes more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes. Mike James, USA TODAY, "Stormy Daniels' lawyer says he might run for president," 4 July 2018 Becerra’s suit alleges that borrowers were steered toward repayment plans that exceeded their income levels, and that in some cases, Navient misrepresented how much borrowers owed. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Student Loan Giant Navient Sued by California Attorney General for Allegedly Cheating Borrowers," 29 June 2018 Brees told the Union-Tribune the jeweler has misrepresented the facts. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla jeweler being sued by football great Drew Brees says Brees acknowledged being 'cash poor'," 27 June 2018 The complaints claim Price misrepresented the facts and costs associated with life-insurance policies and a variable annuity. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Ex-broker accused of stealing retirement money pleads not guilty," 1 June 2018 Last week also saw Tesla settle a class-action lawsuit filed last year by owners claiming the company misrepresented the capabilities of Enhanced Autopilot, a $5,000 option on the EVs. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Tesla Model S tops insurance chart, Autopilot in the news again," 31 May 2018 But anti-recall forces disputed that, saying Dauber had misrepresented Persky's track record. NBC News, "Early returns show voters backing recall of California judge for lenient sex offender sentencing," 6 June 2018 Smith, 29, responded on Twitter, claiming Trump had misrepresented players’ reasons for not wanting to attend. Eli Meixler, Time, "Former Eagles Player Torrey Smith Responds to President Trump's 'Cowardly' Reversal of White House Invitation," 5 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 \
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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