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 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 Unfortunately, many of these analyses misrepresent the coherence and efficacy of the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy. Mackubin Thomas Owens, Washington Examiner, "America first is not America alone," 10 Dec. 2020 Offer stronger assurances to banks that they will be held harmless—including from ex post enforcement actions—if borrowers misrepresent themselves. Glenn Hubbard, WSJ, "The Economy Needs a Little More PPP," 8 Dec. 2020 Petersen and Jennet were accused of directing the mothers to fraudulently misrepresent their residency status to obtain health care benefits. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, "Arizona official who ran fraud scheme for adoption sentenced to six years in prison," 3 Dec. 2020 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

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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 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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