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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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 Correction: The original version of this article misstated the role that Jay Aubrey Jones played on the Michael J. Fox Show. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Meet the Voice Behind That 'Laurel' (or 'Yanny') Clip That's Driving Everyone Nuts," 17 May 2018 Correction An earlier version of this article misstated the proportion of violent felons who are not sentenced to incarceration. Barry Latzer, WSJ, "Beware the Next Step on Criminal-Justice Reform," 23 Dec. 2018 Correction: May 16, 2018 An earlier version of this article misstated that news organizations did not report on the findings of the retired British spy Christopher Steele about links between Trump campaign officials and Russia. New York Times, "Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation," 16 May 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated that Rhode Lee Michelson was the 1958 U.S. champion. Kelyn Soong, Washington Post, "The terrible plane crash that devastated U.S. figure skating — and still shapes it today," 20 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

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