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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By taking misunderstood, consistently misrepresented cultures, like the South, and getting to know them. al, "Reckon Women Q&A: Virginia Newcomb," 28 Aug. 2019 At the end of this article, Valley Water board chair Linda LeZotte misrepresents the water supply benefits of the Pacheco Reservoir Project. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Valley Water board chief misrepresents dam project benefits," 13 Aug. 2019 Correction posted June 09, 2009 The original version misrepresented Obama's view on existing settlements. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Last year Sweetwater was found to have misrepresented its finances, including understating its spending, which forced the district to make emergency spending cuts during the school year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater school district budget understated spending by as much as $20 million, county official says," 8 Aug. 2019 Companies found to misrepresent a vegetarian item as a meat product could be fined $1,000 per violation. Scottie Andrew And Allison Morrow, CNN, "A new Arkansas law to fight 'fake meat' marketing draws a lawsuit," 23 July 2019 Obama makes a great deal about the racial aspect of his political career; and, of course, that was a big deal — probably the most significant thing about his presidency — but he either misunderstood or misrepresented it. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Designated White Guy," 13 Aug. 2019 But in several court rulings, federal judges in New York and Washington that year invalidated a Purdue patent on OxyContin for misrepresenting to regulators how effective the drug was at lower doses. Anchorage Daily News, "Little-known makers of generic drugs played central role in opioid crisis, records show," 27 July 2019 A year ago, Associated Press photographs showing young people in such enclosures were misrepresented online as depicting child detentions by Trump and denounced by some Democrats and activists as illustrating Trump's cruelty. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "Trump’s and Democrats’ Incendiary Week: Fact Checking Claims," 20 July 2019

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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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