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 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 The article also misstated the amount of the rent threshold. New York Times, "Corrections: June 19, 2019," 19 June 2019 An earlier version of the story misstated his touchdowns. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Walter relishes NFL opportunity with 49ers at training camp," 2 Aug. 2019 The article also misstated volunteer Sophia Paden’s role there. latimes.com, "For the Record," 9 July 2019 Correction: June 19, 2018 An earlier version of this article misstated the political affiliation of the governor of Vermont, Phil Scott. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Child Separation Practice," 19 June 2018 Correction: The original version of this story misstated the affiliation of the U.S. Institute of Peace. Eli Meixler, Time, "Meet the 'Unsung Hero' Who Interpreted for President Trump During His 1-on-1 With Kim Jong Un," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 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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something of little or no value

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