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 earlier version of this story misstated the status of the suspect in the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. NBC News, "Santa Clarita, California, high school shooting leaves 2 students dead, multiple injured," 14 Nov. 2019 Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated the day the verdict is scheduled for. BostonGlobe.com, "Verdict coming Tuesday in case stemming from crash that killed state trooper on Mass. Pike - The Boston Globe," 8 Nov. 2019 The article originally misstated that the performance of the late rock star Prince at the 2018 Super Bowl was a hologram. National Geographic, "Holographic elephants shine new light on tradition—and other innovations," 5 Nov. 2019 Music-dance critic sported ‘brilliant’ style, Oct. 16, Bay Area, C3 The obituary misstated the date of the death of former Chronicle writer Marilyn Tucker. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, Oct. 18," 17 Oct. 2019 Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstated the area with forest restoration potential. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Restoring forests may be one of our most powerful weapons in fighting climate change," 5 July 2019 Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of time Huffman was released early and mischaracterized the provision that allowed her to leave early. CBS News, "Felicity Huffman released from prison early after college admissions scam sentence," 25 Oct. 2019 Correction: An Associated Press photo caption on this story misstated Sunisa Lee’s name and home country. News Services, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Sunisa Lee places 8th in all-around at World Championships," 10 Oct. 2019 The original story also misstated the number of Jews polled in an E.U. survey. Time Staff, TIME.com, "Errors in Hatred Stalking Europe Story," 11 July 2019

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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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25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Misstate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misstated. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

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to constrict the range or activity of

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