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.
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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