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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web An article in Monday editions misstated the name of the trail in one instance. oregonlive, "Newspaper corrections for June 2, 2020," 1 June 2020 An earlier version of this post misstated New Jersey's secretary of state. NBC News, "New Jersey to test online voting in upcoming municipal elections," 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, "Why We Need Postal Democracy," 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, "Ohio Began Mass Testing Incarcerated People for COVID-19. The Results Paint a Bleak Picture for the U.S. Prison System," 22 Apr. 2020 Ontario Premier Doug Ford initially misstated that 3 million masks were held at the border. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "After Trump bans mask exports, "infuriated" Canadians remind U.S. they helped during 9/11," 6 Apr. 2020 An article in Wednesday editions misstated his current occupation. oregonlive, "Newspaper corrections for May 22, 2020," 21 May 2020 Correction, April 9 The original version of this story misstated Julia Cheiffetz’s last name. Leah Chernikoff, Time, "Why It’s Totally Fine to Wear Makeup During a Pandemic," 7 Apr. 2020 Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated the extent of Reed's Air Force training. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "'He was loved': Indianapolis residents mourn Dreasjon Reed at prayer vigil and protest," 7 May 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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9 Jun 2020

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“Misstate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstate. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

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