Definition of misinterpret in English:



[with object]
  • Interpret (something or someone) wrongly.

    ‘I think you're misinterpreting the situation’
    ‘Soanes claimed his remarks had been misinterpreted’
    • ‘Well, we know a lot about the behavior of the phenomena; we also know people make mistakes and misinterpret things.’
    • ‘Those of us who have been covering presidential politics since the 1980s understand the risk of misinterpreting the results on an evening when votes are being cast across the country.’
    • ‘The way he to misinterprets movies, dismisses anything he doesn't understand (which is a lot), and venerates Inspector Gadget and Star Wars as the twin shining beacons of Western cultural achievement fills me with an untold rage.’
    • ‘It was hijacked by one person who took over the meeting and misinterpreted the facts to scare people.’
    • ‘It is worth recalling why his critics are so angry, though in most cases he argues he was misinterpreted.’
    • ‘I am not going to say anything at all, in case it is misinterpreted by the media.’
    • ‘The company says comments by one of its directors were simply misinterpreted.’
    • ‘From these reviews, it doesn't appear to actually bring across the intentions of the gospel writers and misinterprets the whole message.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong and don't willfully misinterpret me.’
    • ‘But if somebody misinterprets my personality, or my honesty, I will challenge that.’
    • ‘The statements from her that any issue with misinterpreting original sources should be referred back to the people's articles she plagiarised is astounding only because she actually said it!’
    • ‘If this person misinterprets the words, is it the speaker's fault?’
    • ‘Owens told the paper that the public misinterprets the actions of African-American athletes.’
    • ‘Well I'm sorry If somebody misinterprets it like that.’
    • ‘The documents supplied by the banks gave unclear and misleading information, which resulted in borrowers misinterpreting the facts.’
    • ‘Anyone who misinterprets these swings as proving that one or another political party is finished (as one might have thought about the Labour Party in 1987) is no student of history.’
    • ‘Someone incorrectly parsed the new statement by misinterpreting the graphics.’
    • ‘Perhaps of even more concern, these stereotypes may lead people to misread or misinterpret another person's emotions.’
    • ‘What do you do if a child is crying or playing on a dangerous road: do you intervene or walk by in case anyone misinterprets your motives?’
    • ‘Broadly speaking, if you are lucky enough to find that life is kind, and there is not much cause to be angry with it, then there is a tendency to misinterpret other people's anger as peevish cynicism.’
    misunderstand, misconceive, misconstrue, misapprehend, mistake, misread, put a wrong interpretation on
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