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 \ -​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.

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Each party has accused the other of misrepresenting sensitive intelligence surrounding the ongoing probe into whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Author: Karoun Demirjian, Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, "House panel votes to release Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo, forcing showdown with Trump," 6 Feb. 2018 The suits generally claim the companies misrepresented the addictive risk of their medicines in marketing materials, and seek to recoup the cost of opioid addiction borne by the government entities. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Calls On Justice Department to Sue Opioid Companies," 16 Aug. 2018 In the Family Fitness case, the state attorney general claims that Family Fitness misrepresented some information when consumers signed up for the gyms. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Ongoing court case in Michigan illustrates troubles canceling gym membership," 14 Jan. 2018 Trump tweeted as part of a series of Monday morning messages that often muddied — if not misrepresented — the facts about immigration both here and in Europe. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republican Lawmakers Aren't Backing Trump on Family Separations," 20 June 2018 District 203 ‘failing’ misrepresented On May 27, a letter to the editor disparaged Naperville School District 203 and its teachers’ union for falling rankings in U.S. News and World Report. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor," 1 June 2018 York then provided bogus updates, misrepresenting the value of the victim's investments and the rate of return. William Thornton, AL.com, "Gadsden man gets seven years for securities fraud," 27 Apr. 2018 The bill adds language to existing law so that anyone who misrepresents a pet as a service animal may be subject to a $250 fine for each violation. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Fake service animals become illegal; craft coffee in Old Town Peoria, and another Babbo Italian opens in Valley," 19 Apr. 2018 In the worst cases, Nohl says, Android phone manufacturers intentionally misrepresented when the device had last been patched. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "How Android Phones Hide Missed Security Updates From You," 12 Apr. 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 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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