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 \ -​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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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 An earlier version of this article misstated the brand’s parent company as PepsiCo. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Robots’ Lead Role in Super Bowl Ads Hint at Tech Anxieties," 4 Feb. 2019 An article on Wednesday about a court ruling protecting companies like Yelp from liability for statements written by users misstated a lower court action in the case brought by Dawn Hassell. New York Times, "Corrections: July 6, 2018," 5 July 2018 The original version of this article also misstated Richards’ last name in one instance. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Outgoing Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Is Not Done Fighting," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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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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