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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misstatement \ ˌmis-​ˈstāt-​mənt How to pronounce misstatement (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.

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An article on Saturday about Martina Navratilova’s first time winning Wimbledon misstated the significance of Navratilova’s mixed doubles match with Leander Paes in 2003. New York Times, "Corrections: July 13, 2018," 12 July 2018 In the case over back pay, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin ruled that Avenatti personally guaranteed a settlement with attorney Jason Frank, who said Eagan Avenatti misstated its profits and that he was owed millions of dollars. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Judge: Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85M in ex-lawyer’s suit," 23 Oct. 2018 Frank had alleged the firm misstated its profits and he was owed millions. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Michael Avenatti ordered by judge to hand over $4.85 million in back pay to attorney at his former law firm," 23 Oct. 2018 Her two rivals have closed out the race with a gift - the revelation that Lujan Grisham misstated her income from a group that helped implement the Affordable Care Act. David Weigel, chicagotribune.com, "Primary elections: What to watch in California, Alabama, Iowa and 5 other states," 5 June 2018 As is typical, Trump also misstates the Electoral College vote. Calvin Woodward, The Seattle Times, "AP fact check: Trump hails an exoneration not offered," 25 Mar. 2019 An earlier version of this article misstated his name as Brian Blankenstein. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "Mick Mulvaney’s Year at CFPB Has Pleased Financial Industry, Which Wants More," 25 Nov. 2018 Correction: this article previously misstated the name of Hybel’s successor. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Megachurch pastor resigns to protest his church’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations," 7 Aug. 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the field of view of the first HoloLens as well as the HoloLens 2. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 with a strong business bent," 24 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2019

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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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