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misinterpret

verb

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1 to change so much as to create a wrong impression or alter the meaning of
  • his note on this passage in the novel seriously misinterprets the author's meaning

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2 to fail to understand the true or actual meaning of
  • we misinterpreted the directions and ended up on the wrong side of town

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The first known use of misinterpret was in 1547

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misinterpretation

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“Misinterpret.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/misinterpret. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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