mis·​state | \ ˌmis-ˈstāt How to pronounce misstate (audio) \
misstated; misstating; misstates

Definition of misstate

transitive verb

: to state incorrectly : give a false account of

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Other Words from misstate

misstatement \ ˌmis-​ˈstāt-​mənt How to pronounce misstate (audio) \ noun

Examples of misstate in a Sentence

The company misstated its profits. An article in yesterday's paper misstated the name of the district attorney.
Recent Examples on the Web The Facebook post examined here as well as several others misstate the victim's name and age. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2021 These claims misstate and misinterpret the court's decision. Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Trump continues to misstate or overstate the increase in defense spending by NATO countries during his time in office. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 23 Oct. 2020 Aside from failing to mention the storage fee, Aubrey appeared to misstate the amount of the loan Johnson would receive. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2020 An article in Monday editions misstated the name of the trail in one instance. oregonlive, 1 June 2020 An earlier version of this post misstated New Jersey's secretary of state. NBC News, 2 May 2020 An earlier version of this article misstated some changes in New Hampshire’s rules for absentee ballots. David Cole, The New York Review of Books, 30 Apr. 2020 The original version of this story misstated the number of COVID-19 deaths in Ohio prisons as of April 22. Josiah Bates, Time, 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misstate was in 1643

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27 Apr 2021

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“Misstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstate. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

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