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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The first known use of mistranslate was in 1532

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