mistranslate

verb
mis·​trans·​late | \ ˌmis-tran(t)s-ˈlāt How to pronounce mistranslate (audio) , -tranz-; -ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt, -ˈtranz- \
mistranslated; mistranslating

Definition of mistranslate

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

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1532, in the meaning defined above

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“Mistranslate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mistranslate. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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