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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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the gender of the person killed in a crash on Colonial Drive. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "1 person killed in east Orange County crash, FHP says," 3 July 2019 This article initially misstated the company’s total workforce. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive.com, "Vancouver startup RealWear raises $80 million for augmented reality hardhat," 1 July 2019 The original version of this story misstated the status of a bill that would allow China to extradite residents of Hong Kong. John Walcott, Time, "The U.S. and China Will Resume Talks Amid Ongoing Trade War," 24 June 2019 Editor's Note: This article originally misstated the location of Big Box Canyon. Kevin Heiden, National Geographic, "Waterfalls can form in a surprising new way. Here's how.," 13 Mar. 2019 The settlement, reached in December 2017, stemmed from Frank's claim that Avenatti's firm failed to pay him more than $18 million that he was owed as a non-equity partner of the firm, and that Avenatti misstated the firm's profits. Maeve Reston And Sara Sidner, CNN, "Judge orders firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney to pay $10 million judgment," 22 May 2018 In his state of the city address Mayor Fischer talks about the future of Louisville. Jan. 4, 2018 Astrid Hacker/Courier Journal Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the dollar amount for the general fund budget. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Here's how Mayor Greg Fischer wants to spend your Louisville tax dollars," 26 Apr. 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated who had a bottle thrown at them. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past," 15 Apr. 2015 Trump misspelled Kim's name and misstated his title. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "President Trump, your source for breaking news about North Korea," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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