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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well I'm sorry If somebody misinterprets it like that.’
    • ‘Well, we know a lot about the behavior of the phenomena; we also know people make mistakes and misinterpret things.’
    • ‘The company says comments by one of its directors were simply misinterpreted.’
    • ‘Someone incorrectly parsed the new statement by misinterpreting the graphics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am not going to say anything at all, in case it is misinterpreted by the media.’
    • ‘From these reviews, it doesn't appear to actually bring across the intentions of the gospel writers and misinterprets the whole message.’
    • ‘But if somebody misinterprets my personality, or my honesty, I will challenge that.’
    • ‘Owens told the paper that the public misinterprets the actions of African-American athletes.’
    • ‘Perhaps of even more concern, these stereotypes may lead people to misread or misinterpret another person's emotions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this person misinterprets the words, is it the speaker's fault?’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The documents supplied by the banks gave unclear and misleading information, which resulted in borrowers misinterpreting the facts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong and don't willfully misinterpret me.’
    • ‘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.’
    misunderstand, misconceive, misconstrue, misapprehend, mistake, misread, put a wrong interpretation on
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