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

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 For decades, social scientists have shown that raw gaps in employment outcomes like hiring or wages–the type of data typically provided to C-suite executives–misstate the amount of actual bias in an organization. Roland Fryer, Fortune, 20 June 2022 History has taught us that people don’t typically fudge numbers unless there are compelling reasons–and there are plenty of compelling reasons to misstate ESG efforts. Fortune, 22 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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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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8 Jul 2022

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“Misstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstate. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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