Definition of mislead in US English:



[with object]
  • Cause (someone) to have a wrong idea or impression about someone or something.

    ‘the government misled the public about the road's environmental impact’
    • ‘Now if in fact it's not all new money, well, he's misled the Australian public.’
    • ‘This fallacy misleads people, and morally, I feel we shouldn't use this method in an argument, because it isn't justified to take advantage of someone.’
    • ‘They even publicly show false numbers to mislead readers and advertisers.’
    • ‘One is that you are misleading the person who receives it, since you are representing it as a genuine bill.’
    • ‘And he should stop misleading the American people with phony, inflated numbers.’
    • ‘That's wrong, most of all because it misleads people about their real options.’
    • ‘The unspoken truth is that either as a people we were misled, or we were lied to, about the real reason for this war.’
    • ‘One lesson he had learned from arguing against idealism is that the surface grammar of language can mislead us about the meaning of what we say.’
    • ‘All this only scratches the surface of the ways schools use statistics to mislead parents and the public.’
    • ‘Public education and the media mislead us into thinking America is a just and fair country.’
    • ‘What that tells me is that right now, whatever is being reported could be information to deceive and mislead people.’
    • ‘To the extent that you reduce fear, you reduce the emotional need among your people to mislead you.’
    • ‘We learnt to be careful about our preconceived ideas misleading us, not making us critical enough.’
    • ‘I'm worried that the strange lyrics paint a wrong picture of what life is and mislead young people.’
    • ‘In other words, he is innocent of intentionally misinforming or misleading the audience.’
    • ‘I agree with them that the evidence does not support the idea that they deliberately misled anyone.’
    • ‘Now that the story turns out to be a fake, do you go public with the names of the sources who misled you?’
    • ‘I used to lie and I still lie really, not to mislead anybody but to entertain people.’
    • ‘One person deliberately, by choice, misleads another person without any notification that deception will occur.’
    • ‘So it's really unfortunate when the Vice President plays politics like this and once again demonizes his opponents and misleads the American people.’
    deceive, delude, take in, lie to, fool, hoodwink, lead astray, throw off the scent, send on a wild goose chase, put on the wrong track, pull the wool over someone's eyes, pull someone's leg, misguide, misdirect, misinform, give wrong information to
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