misunderstand

verb mis·un·der·stand \ (ˌ)mi-ˌsən-dər-ˈstand \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of misunderstand

misunderstood play \-ˈstu̇d\; misunderstanding
transitive verb
1 :to fail to understand
2 :to interpret incorrectly

Examples of misunderstand in a Sentence

  1. Don't misunderstand me—I'm not criticizing your decision.

  2. He feels that the critics have completely misunderstood his movies.

  3. She expressed herself in clear terms that no one could misunderstand.

Recent Examples of misunderstand from the Web

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First Known Use of misunderstand

13th century


MISUNDERSTAND Defined for English Language Learners

misunderstand

verb

Definition of misunderstand for English Language Learners

  • : to fail to understand (someone or something) correctly


MISUNDERSTAND Defined for Kids

misunderstand

verb mis·un·der·stand \ ˌmis-ˌən-dər-ˈstand \

Definition of misunderstand for Students

misunderstood \-ˈstu̇d\; misunderstanding
:to fail to get the meaning of :fail to understand


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