Definition of misjudge in US English:

misjudge

verb

[with object]
  • 1Form a wrong opinion or conclusion about.

    ‘he felt that he had completely misjudged the man’
    • ‘On reflection, I wonder if I've misjudged what he's been doing.’
    • ‘Does it worry me knowing that we might similarly be misjudging North Korea?’
    • ‘Had I misjudged the general nature of the human?’
    • ‘Public opinion misjudged the two most important wars fought by this country in the last century.’
    • ‘It's good to be working in a more positive environment again and C.S. if you read this, my apologies for misjudging you.’
    • ‘I think the Bush supporters would say, well, maybe the Europeans are misjudging Bush the same way.’
    • ‘There is an anecdote in the most recent book about the Bush White House which neatly captures how Europeans misjudge the President, and why they are wrong to do so.’
    • ‘But is it just the far left that is badly misjudging this battle?’
    • ‘We totally misjudged the political forces within the country.’
    • ‘Lily doubted he was serious, but just maybe she had misjudged him.’
    • ‘His status as one of the most popular ‘conservative’ bloggers, though, made me wonder if I wasn't simply misjudging him.’
    • ‘Clearly, we thought The Corrs were a straight act, but it turns out we've been misjudging them: they've been a parody of The Nolans in the style of the Cranberries all along.’
    • ‘Putting all this together, I concluded that I've misjudged them.’
    • ‘Too many liberal and progressive activists misjudged the recall revolt and wound up on the wrong side of a populist tsunami.’
    • ‘In any case, he clearly feels that his right-wing government is being gravely misjudged because of the leftwing historical bias being taught in schools.’
    • ‘‘They misjudged the mood of the area and their ability to fight it (the plans),’ he said.’
    • ‘You know, I may have misjudged what a great man and great president Ronald Reagan really was.’
    • ‘I'm sorry for misjudging you and jumping to conclusions.’
    • ‘No, well I don't think that anybody's misjudged the Iraqi dictator and the brutality of the man.’
    1. 1.1 Make an incorrect estimation or assessment of.
      ‘the horse misjudged the fence and Mrs. Weaver was thrown off’
      • ‘Halfway down, he realised he had seriously misjudged the time.’
      • ‘They certainly surprised the press and broadcast media, which badly misjudged the public mood.’
      • ‘But still, Taiwan should never discount the possibility that China might misjudge the situation.’
      • ‘Instead, she reaches out for David's shoulder but misjudges the distance.’
      • ‘Seriously misjudging the popular mood in Spain, Napoleon, with a mixture of intrigue and brute force, sought to remove the Bourbons and replace them with one of his brothers.’
      • ‘A batsman gives it away by playing a rash shot, or misjudging the line and length, or playing the wrong shot.’
      • ‘She jumped off the swing to stand before him, but she misjudged her footing and tripped over her long skirts to fall flat on her face.’
      • ‘At long distances, players often misjudge the speed of the receiver.’
      • ‘He said that drivers that have been ‘driving for decades have a tendency of being overconfident’ on the road, often causing them to misjudge certain conditions and causing serious accidents.’
      • ‘The eight-year-old tends to trip often, misjudge space and bangs into things and is not comfortable climbing stairs.’
      • ‘I should perhaps mention, from my own experience, that even an experienced novelist can seriously misjudge the length of a novel.’
      • ‘Since the apparent size of the creature depends on how fur away it is, then mistaking either the distance or size will result in misjudging the other accordingly.’
      • ‘I'd imagine this directly kills dozens of people every year who get the dosage wrong or misjudge the breaking strain of a rope.’
      • ‘He gets the feeling that he has misjudged the whole situation entirely.’
      • ‘I felt slightly stung, as though I'd completely misjudged the previous caliber of the story.’
      • ‘I must have misjudged the distance, or the speed of the ball.’
      • ‘He misjudged the distance between him and a chair, as he stumbled over it.’
      • ‘He'd completely misjudged my not inconsiderable speed, obviously.’
      • ‘One of the NHL's biggest mistakes was misjudging the size and marketability of potential NHL cities.’
      get the wrong idea about, get wrong, get the wrong end of the stick about, judge incorrectly, jump to the wrong conclusion about, estimate wrongly
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Pronunciation

misjudge

/ˌmisˈjəj//ˌmɪsˈdʒədʒ/