misrepresent

verb
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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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 Sweetwater is currently being audited by the state for potential fraud and is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after a state fiscal agency found that the district has misrepresented its finances over the years. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "County school board offers $12 million loan to Sweetwater school district," 25 July 2019 Williams told CBS News Campaign Reporter Cara Korte that the unflattering report misrepresented the negotiations. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Voters say they may skip Mueller's testimony to Congress," 23 July 2019 Avia, a Russian firm that leases aircraft, wants to cancel its order for the 737 MAX, arguing that Boeing misrepresented the safety design of the plane. The Economist, "Business this week," 31 Aug. 2019 Also last year, the watchdog office concluded that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had misrepresented under oath his involvement in a news media disclosure, and referred him for possible prosecution. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "James Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos on Trump conversations, watchdog finds," 29 Aug. 2019 Also last year, the watchdog office concluded that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe had misrepresented under oath his involvement in a news media disclosure, and referred him for possible prosecution. Eric Tucker, The Denver Post, "Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos, DOJ watchdog says," 29 Aug. 2019 At his congressional hearing, Moore testified alongside Marc Morano, who works for the conservative Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and has a blog that misrepresents and attacks climate science. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Climate Deniers Launch Personal Attacks on Teen Activist," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of misrepresent

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of misrepresent was in 1649

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misrepresent

verb

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)

misrepresent

verb
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.

misrepresent

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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