mis·state | \ ˌmis-ˈstāt \
misstated; misstating; misstates

Definition of misstate 

transitive verb

: to state incorrectly : give a false account of

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misstatement \-mənt \ 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.

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His attorney, Justin Singleton, argued that complaint should be dismissed because prosecutors withheld facts that tended to favor Orlin Root-Thalman and misstated others. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals court returns elderly woman's house to couple charged with stealing it," 14 June 2018 Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstated the amount of money in legal fees the UW would pay the College Republicans’ attorneys. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW to pay $122,500 in legal fees in settlement with College Republicans over free speech," 18 June 2018 Note: This story previously misstated the number of Planned Parenthood facilities open in Alaska. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "New federal plan could cut funding for Alaska’s Planned Parenthood facilities," 29 May 2018 In addition, the article misstated the hybrid building would be required for any structure over 80 feet. Matthew Berger, Newsweek, "Wooden Buildings as Strong as Steel," 20 Feb. 2016 Correction: This story originally misstated that Garrett’s campaign had fundraised more than seven figures. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Meet the Democrat trying to unseat scandal-plagued Rep. Jim Jordan in his heavily Republican district," 11 July 2018 Correction: July 5, 2018 An earlier version of this article misstated the corporate title of Edward Farrer of Principal Manufacturing. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Tariffs? Time for a Plan B: ‘Gobble Up Every Bit of Material That I Can’," 5 July 2018 Read more: This article originally misstated the title of Ryan Grim of the Intercept. David Weigel, Washington Post, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The Democrat who challenged her party’s establishment — and won," 27 June 2018 Correction: July 7, 2018 An earlier version of this obituary misstated the year of Mr. Paige’s birth. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Ralph Paige, Champion of Black Farmers, Dies at 74," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

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