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.

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In October 2017, the FEC approved an audit covering the last six months of 2012 that found the Conservative Majority Fund had misstated its financial activity. Derek Willis, ProPublica, "How Fundraisers Convinced Conservatives to Donate $10 Million — Then Kept Almost All of It.," 26 July 2019 Correction: Due to inaccurate information provided to The Times, an earlier version of this story misstated the age of the young boy who was injured. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Driver hits 7-year-old on sidewalk, crashes into power pole in Magnolia," 15 July 2019 The city auditor is a 10-year, independent position created in 2008 after the city misstated its financial reports and nearly went bankrupt due to unfunded pension obligations. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego mayor’s choice for city auditor delayed by committee," 10 July 2019 Wildlife volunteers: An article in the July 6 Saturday section about opportunities to get closer to wildlife as a volunteer misstated the number of gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita as 28. latimes.com, "For the Record," 9 July 2019 March 2019 Opinion: In a March 22 guest column about picking a reputable college counselor, the title of the author was misstated. Detroit Free Press, "Corrections & Clarifications," 1 July 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the gender of the person killed in a crash on Colonial Drive. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "1 person killed in east Orange County crash, FHP says," 3 July 2019 This article initially misstated the company’s total workforce. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Vancouver startup RealWear raises $80 million for augmented reality hardhat," 1 July 2019 The original version of this story misstated the status of a bill that would allow China to extradite residents of Hong Kong. John Walcott, Time, "The U.S. and China Will Resume Talks Amid Ongoing Trade War," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 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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