mistranslate

verb mis·trans·late \ ˌmis-tran(t)s-ˈlāt , -tranz- ; -ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt , -ˈtranz- \

Definition of mistranslate

mistranslated; mistranslating
: 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

First Known Use of mistranslate

1532

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