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.

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An article on Sunday about employees of a Florida nursing home facing charges in the deaths of residents after Hurricane Irma, using information from officials, misstated the title of one of the employees to be charged. New York Times, "Corrections: August 27, 2019," 27 Aug. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the amount the couple allegedly paid. CBS News, "Legal strategy of Lori Loughlin and husband in college admissions scandal could backfire," 27 Aug. 2019 Pot pushes out artists in Oakland, Aug. 11, A9 The story, which began on the front page, misstated Kelley Kahn’s title. SFChronicle.com, "Corrections, Aug. 12," 11 Aug. 2019 An earlier version of this article misstated Shari Redstone's title at National Amusements. NBC News, "If CBS and Viacom reunite, more mergers could be on the way," 30 July 2019 In some editions Wednesday, a story about a teen killed by a licensed gun owner in a car theft attempt misstated the Chicago intersection where a high-speed chase ended. chicagotribune.com, "Corrections and clarifications," 14 Aug. 2019 Editor's Note: This article originally misstated the size of Gaza. Heidi Levine, National Geographic, "Plastics in the Gaza Strip are both a curse and a blessing," 7 Aug. 2019 And Lundquist says Lee is misstating her position on homelessness, arguing that housing is the biggest — but not the only — factor driving homelessness. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "Breaking up the status quo at L.A. City Hall? Both of these candidates argue they’ll do it," 5 Aug. 2019 In October 2017, the FEC approved an audit covering the last six months of 2012 that found the Conservative Majority Fund had misstated its financial activity. Derek Willis, ProPublica, "How Fundraisers Convinced Conservatives to Donate $10 Million — Then Kept Almost All of It.," 26 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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English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

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