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

Keep scrolling for more

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

An article on Monday about the burial of Simone Veil in the Panthéon misstated the amount of time that passed between Marie Curie’s death and her Panthéon burial. New York Times, "Corrections: July 3, 2018," 2 July 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this column misstated the amount of U.S. women’s student loan debt. Washington Post, "The child-free life: Why so many American women are deciding not to have kids," 31 May 2018 Correction: The original version of this story misstated the amount of time by which Desiree Linden lost the 2011 Boston Marathon. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Desiree Linden Just Became the First American Woman to Win the Boston Marathon in Three Decades," 16 Apr. 2018 An article on Saturday about frustration among residents in the Bahamas with the government’s lack of response to Hurricane Dorian, misstated the Bahamas’ population compared with that of the United States. New York Times, "Corrections: September 10, 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the location of Vertex’s headquarters. Damian Garde, STAT, "Vertex’s next act: a billion-dollar bet on a cure for type 1 diabetes," 3 Sep. 2019 This story originally misstated the artist who drew attention to the fire in the Amazon during his acceptance speech. Melissa Locker, Time, "MTV Video Music Awards 2019: Weirdest, Wildest and Best Moments," 27 Aug. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Judge Christine Van Aken’s first name. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Officials condemn judge’s decision to release suspect later accused of attacking woman," 15 Aug. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'misstate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of misstate

1643, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about misstate

Statistics for misstate

Last Updated

14 Oct 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for misstate

The first known use of misstate was in 1643

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for misstate



English Language Learners Definition of misstate

: to state or report (something) incorrectly

More from Merriam-Webster on misstate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with misstate

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for misstate

Comments on misstate

What made you want to look up misstate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to be made up of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!