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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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 Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated the affiliation of Paul R. Tremblay. Meghan E. Irons, BostonGlobe.com, "Questions raised about City Hall ties of outside counsel investigating Fire Department," 18 June 2018 Correction: June 13, 2018 An earlier version of this article, and its headline, misstated the recent change in the rate at which Antarctica is losing ice. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago," 13 June 2018 His attorney, Justin Singleton, argued that complaint should be dismissed because prosecutors withheld facts that tended to favor Orlin Root-Thalman and misstated others. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Appeals court returns elderly woman's house to couple charged with stealing it," 14 June 2018 Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misstated the amount of money in legal fees the UW would pay the College Republicans’ attorneys. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "UW to pay $122,500 in legal fees in settlement with College Republicans over free speech," 18 June 2018 Note: This story previously misstated the number of Planned Parenthood facilities open in Alaska. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "New federal plan could cut funding for Alaska’s Planned Parenthood facilities," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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9 Dec 2018

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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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