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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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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Longtime Sacramento developer Moe Mohanna paid Estelle Bakery & Pâtisserie more than $75,000 last week after a jury ruled Mohanna had intentionally misrepresented a downtown building's size to charge the bakery owners a higher rental rate. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Downtown developer exaggerated building size to charge bakery higher rent, jury rules," 16 June 2018 Critics of the Iran deal have seized on the article to insist that Rhodes — and by extension, the entire Obama administration — were secretly manipulating public opinion by misrepresenting the implications of the nuclear deal. BostonGlobe.com, "Opponents of Iran deal tried to dig up dirt on Obama security aide," 8 May 2018 The decision could set a dangerous precedent for protecting those who misrepresent and lie about reproductive health care options. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in NIFLA v. Becerra," 26 June 2018 Image Left unclear was exactly what Mr. Theodoracopulos was claiming to have misrepresented or whether the quotation itself was inaccurate. New York Times, "Did Harvey Weinstein Admit to Trading Movie Roles for Sex?," 13 July 2018 The company faces escalating litigation with several state attorneys general claiming the company violated consumer protection laws by misrepresenting the risks and benefits of opioids. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County files lawsuit against opioid companies, including Purdue Pharma," 16 May 2018 But that description of DACA appears to misrepresent the program's intent, which was to provide protection for immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Why are 'caravans' of immigrants on Trump's radar?," 2 Apr. 2018 Nielsen blasted the media reports Monday for misrepresenting the conditions. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Detention crisis: What we know now," 18 June 2018 The reviewers concluded that Abeka texts neglect such topics as human genome research, misrepresent the fossil record and intersperse religious teachings with science and history. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "Good test scores but too much Bible: Two views from research on NC school vouchers," 4 June 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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