Definition of misinterpret in English:



  • Interpret (something or someone) wrongly.

    • ‘The documents supplied by the banks gave unclear and misleading information, which resulted in borrowers misinterpreting the facts.’
    • ‘Well I'm sorry If somebody misinterprets it like that.’
    • ‘Someone incorrectly parsed the new statement by misinterpreting the graphics.’
    • ‘If this person misinterprets the words, is it the speaker's fault?’
    • ‘It is worth recalling why his critics are so angry, though in most cases he argues he was misinterpreted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, we know a lot about the behavior of the phenomena; we also know people make mistakes and misinterpret things.’
    • ‘I am not going to say anything at all, in case it is misinterpreted by the media.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From these reviews, it doesn't appear to actually bring across the intentions of the gospel writers and misinterprets the whole message.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Owens told the paper that the public misinterprets the actions of African-American athletes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 company says comments by one of its directors were simply misinterpreted.’
    • ‘It was hijacked by one person who took over the meeting and misinterpreted the facts to scare people.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong and don't willfully misinterpret me.’
    • ‘Perhaps of even more concern, these stereotypes may lead people to misread or misinterpret another person's emotions.’
    • ‘But if somebody misinterprets my personality, or my honesty, I will challenge that.’
    misunderstand, misconceive, misconstrue, misapprehend, mistake, misread, put a wrong interpretation on
    miss, confuse, confound, take amiss
    miscalculate, err, be mistaken, get the wrong idea, get it wrong, get someone wrong, receive a false impression, be under a delusion, get the wrong end of the stick, get hold of the wrong end of the stick, be at cross purposes
    be barking up the wrong tree
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