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 \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​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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Sims’ lawyer had argued in pretrial motions that a Portland police detective obtained search warrants in the case based on affidavits that misrepresented information and contained important omissions. Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive.com, "Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2014 killing of Ervaeua Herring in Portland," 12 July 2019 At the center of an increasingly complicated debate is the question: Did SHIFT misrepresent its commitment to DEI? Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019 Corrections posted November 4, 2009 The original version misrepresented the report's accusations against Hamas. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Caller ID House Bill 84 prohibits phone solicitations that misrepresent the name or phone number on the caller ID of your phone. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "10 new Kentucky laws explained: Students loans, employee pregnancy and Kinship Care," 3 July 2018 Donna Shalala says Richardson's commercials challenging her stance on healthcare misrepresent her current position and history on subject. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Bruising Democratic primary looms in race to replace Ros-Lehtinen | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 North Carolina officials are suing Juul Labs Inc., accusing the e-cigarette startup of targeting teenagers and misrepresenting the strength and health risks from the addictive nicotine in its products. Maria Armental, WSJ, "North Carolina Accuses Juul of Targeting Teens in Lawsuit," 15 May 2019 Part of Camerlengo and curator in charge Jill D’Alessandro’s remit was to demystify Muslim dress, which has often been under- or misrepresented. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Modesty Makes Its Mark in “Contemporary Muslim Fashions” at the de Young Museum," 21 Sep. 2018 The criticism fans out to every population that feels misrepresented by Hollywood. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "Who gets to play transgender roles?," 12 July 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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