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.
Recent Examples on the Web On that point, Biden may be right on the surface, but misrepresenting the numbers. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Fact-Checking the Candidates From the Third Democratic Presidential Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Defense attorneys also suggested prosecutors misrepresented what actions prosecutors took to investigate Ramos in connection with the 2014 complaints. Washington Post, "Lawyers for accused Capital Gazette shooter ask judge to sanction prosecutors," 5 Sep. 2019 Google is already under a 2011 agreement with the FTC that barred it from misrepresenting its privacy policy and subjected the company to 20 years of regular, independent privacy audits. Marcy Gordon, chicagotribune.com, "YouTube ordered to pay $170M in fines after violating kids’ privacy law," 4 Sep. 2019 The girl was overstating or misrepresenting her experience. Daniel Smith, The New Yorker, "Courage," 22 Aug. 2019 Back in 2012, Manhattan prosecutors were preparing to charge two of the president’s children, Ivanka and Don, Jr., over allegedly misrepresenting the value of Trump properties to prospective buyers. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Is Cy Vance the Next Invincible New York Democrat to Lose?," 15 Aug. 2019 The agency notified the office that one of its pharmacists submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid that misrepresented prescription drugs dispensed by WCS over several years, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Krueger. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Community Services discloses false billing to Medicare and Medicaid and agrees to reimbursement," 2 July 2019 Dayton had similar drama with the President after Trump said on Twitter that Ohio lawmakers misrepresented the reaction to his visit in Dayton. USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: The week everyone was talking about guns," 9 Aug. 2019 Andy Zax, co-producer of Woodstock - Back to the Garden: The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive, believes that Woodstock has been misrepresented for the last 50 years. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "10 Must-Hear Tracks From the Massive New Woodstock Anniversary Box Set," 2 Aug. 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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