mis·​trans·​late ˌmis-tran(t)s-ˈlāt How to pronounce mistranslate (audio)
mistranslated; mistranslating

transitive verb

: to translate (something) incorrectly
I have often observed an inquiry by an American slightly mistranslated into Japanese and the Japanese answer then in turn mistranslated.Edwin O. Reischauer

Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mistranslate was in 1532

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“Mistranslate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistranslate. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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