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

transitive verb

: to state incorrectly : give a false account of
misstatement 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 Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated the name of the hospital where Lindsay Clancy is being treated. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2023 An earlier version of this article misstated Emily Busch’s position. Chuck Todd, NBC News, 18 Apr. 2023 An article on Sunday about severe weather in California misstated the first name of a woman who was involved in a car accident. New York Times, 28 Feb. 2023 Coleman said Javice appeared prone to knowingly misstating or overstating facts that over time grew into outright lies. Byluisa Beltran, Fortune, 12 June 2023 This piece originally misstated the valuation of Twitter at the end of April. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 31 May 2023 Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article misstated who won the 1984 pennant. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2023 An article about the arrest of a gunman who opened fire at a medical office in Atlanta misstated the address where the shooting took place. New York Times, 4 May 2023 An earlier version of this article misstated what the judge was expected to consider Monday. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 10 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misstate was in 1643

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“Misstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstate. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mis·​state (ˈ)mis-ˈstāt How to pronounce misstate (audio)
: to state incorrectly
misstatement noun
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