Definition of misunderstand
1 : to fail to understand
2 : to interpret incorrectly
Examples of misunderstand in a Sentence
Don't misunderstand me—I'm not criticizing your decision.
He feels that the critics have completely misunderstood his movies.
She expressed herself in clear terms that no one could misunderstand.
Recent Examples of misunderstand from the Web
But the commission … seemed to misunderstand voter privacy laws nationwide.
Don’t misunderstand: The Hawks need to get into the lottery.
In the era of President Donald Trump, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein wants to make sure his company isn't misunderstood.
Q. What’s a recipe that is misunderstood or far from tradition? A.
An autoimmune disease where the body destroys its own insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, T1D is often misunderstood, which is why the awareness-building aspect of the youth ambassador role is so important.
The mole takes a lot of time, has a lot of layers that are often misunderstood.
Both Higgins and Trump apparently misunderstand the causes or motivations of Islamic terrorism.
Rustin Dodd The Kansas City Star The Bloch Building’s challenge The Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was misunderstood and criticized by many.
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First Known Use of misunderstand
MISUNDERSTAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of misunderstand for English Language Learners
: to fail to understand (someone or something) correctly
MISUNDERSTAND Defined for Kids
Definition of misunderstand for Students
: to fail to get the meaning of : fail to understand
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