misrepresent

verb

mis·​rep·​re·​sent (ˌ)mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio)
misrepresented; misrepresenting; misrepresents

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
misrepresentation noun
misrepresentative adjective

Example Sentences

The company is accused of misrepresenting its earnings. The movie deliberately misrepresents the facts about her life.
Recent Examples on the Web Despite there being no evidence that Danquah is a suspect in the murder, YouTubers and rap blog accounts decided to misrepresent their 2021 disagreement as one that took place days, even minutes, before PNB Rock’s shooting. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2022 The New York indictment accuses Mr. Bannon of conspiring to misrepresent to donors that Brian Kolfage, the president and chief executive of We Build the Wall, wouldn’t receive a salary from the campaign. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 This desire for connection, especially after the pandemic, can lead people to misrepresent themselves in their profiles. WIRED, 18 Sep. 2022 Murdoch, to misrepresent his legal team’s communications, and to promote Crikey. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2022 Leaving people out, especially top management, can misrepresent company values and lead to a biased, ineffective KPI system. Steve Taplin, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Google's latest Search improvement aims to curb the spread of disinformation via its featured snippets sections—those text boxes that sometimes misrepresent the facts. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 11 Aug. 2022 When candidates misrepresent their value or previous earnings, this could be categorized alongside lying on a resume. Expert Panel, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 The more people in power are willing to intentionally misrepresent the truth, the harder journalists have to work to verify facts and triangulate information. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of misrepresent was in 1649

Dictionary Entries Near misrepresent

Cite this Entry

“Misrepresent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misrepresent. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

misrepresent

verb

mis·​rep·​re·​sent (ˌ)mis-ˌrep-ri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio)
: to give a false or misleading idea of
misrepresentation noun

Legal Definition

misrepresent

transitive verb

mis·​rep·​re·​sent mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio)
: to make a misrepresentation about

intransitive verb

: to make a misrepresentation
misrepresentative adjective
misrepresenter noun

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