mis·​state | \ ˌmis-ˈstāt \
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 \ -​mənt \ 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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Alexandra Occassio Cortez should be careful not to misstate basic facts. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why It's Impossible to Be a Likeable Female Politician," 11 Jan. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated Harry’s total funding, which is $375 million. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the name of the team with which Don Newcombe won the first Cy Young Award. New York Times, "A 50-Year-Old Japanese Baseball Record Unites Two American Pitchers," 3 July 2018 An earlier version of this article misstated the hospitality group’s name. Mengqi Sun, WSJ, "After Trying No Tipping Policies, Some New York Restaurants Reverse Course," 29 Sep. 2018 Correction: The original version of this story misstated the United States’ share of NATO’s budget. Time, "Trump Is Trying to Dismantle the World Order. Is NATO Next on His List?," 22 June 2018 An earlier version of this piece misstated the number of people on Ashley’s team. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Nearly 17,000 Google employees walked off the job. We spoke to 3 of them.," 2 Nov. 2018 An article in April 27 editions misstated the weather history. The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Newspaper corrections for May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 USA TODAY Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of GAC Motor's president. Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press, "Chinese automaker at Detroit auto show: We're coming to the U.S. in 2019," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 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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