mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \ (ˌ)mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \
misrepresented; misrepresenting; misrepresents

Definition of misrepresent

transitive verb

1 : to give a false or misleading representation of usually with an intent to deceive or be unfair misrepresented the facts
2 : to serve badly or improperly as a representative of

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Other Words from misrepresent

misrepresentation \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) , -​zən-​ \ noun
misrepresentative \ (ˌ)mis-​ˌre-​pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \ adjective

Examples of misrepresent in a Sentence

The company is accused of misrepresenting its earnings. The movie deliberately misrepresents the facts about her life.
Recent Examples on the Web Employment Screening Report, 87% of employers worry candidates misrepresent themselves on resumes and applications. Lynne Curry, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2021 This is another case where a correct presentation can misrepresent the essential musical point. Simon Callow, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2021 The consequences Candidates that provide false references misrepresent themselves and breach the duty of trust implied in the employment contract. Lynne Curry, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Sep. 2021 Union organizers have been alleged to misrepresent what the cards actually entail, something that the elections are meant to guard against. Sean Higgins, National Review, 6 Sep. 2021 Republican legislators nationwide are waging a fierce battle to prevent educators from teaching critical race theory—and they’re being helped by conservative Christian leaders willing to intentionally misrepresent their faith for political gain. Time, 1 Sep. 2021 Many of the features rely on people to self-report their vaccination statuses, however, leaving room for users to misrepresent themselves, designers said. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law and misrepresent yourself. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2021 John Caniglia reports Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote that Geauga County Common Pleas Judge Carolyn Paschke did not mislead Chandra or misrepresent the truth in an April order at the center of the contempt issue. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of misrepresent

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of misrepresent was in 1649

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“Misrepresent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misrepresent. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of misrepresent

: to describe (someone or something) in a false way especially in order to deceive someone : to give someone a false idea about (something or someone)


mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \ ˌmis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \
misrepresented; misrepresenting

Kids Definition of misrepresent

: to give a false or misleading idea of The movie misrepresents what actually happened.


transitive verb
mis·​rep·​re·​sent | \ mis-ˌre-pri-ˈzent How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \

Legal Definition of misrepresent

: to make a misrepresentation about

intransitive verb

: to make a misrepresentation

Other Words from misrepresent

misrepresentative \ -​ˌre-​pri-​ˈzen-​tə-​tiv How to pronounce misrepresent (audio) \ adjective
misrepresenter noun

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