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
Trump chooses to misunderstand him for political purposes.
Between 1 percent and 30 percent is ideal, but people misunderstand these numbers.
Feld Entertainment, for its part, argues that the Animal Legal Defense Fund fundamentally misunderstands the situation.
That’s a great thing for a beverage that has long been misunderstood and underappreciated by Americans.
We’re on board as long as Harris’ misunderstood mad scientist and Fillion’s emasculated Captain Hammer are involved.
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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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