Definition of misread in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Read (a piece of text) wrongly.

    • ‘The writer of the piece seemed to have misread Otto's article, but he gave my wonderful son a nice plug, and I appreciate that.’
    • ‘Another drew bold negative conclusions about one of the men on the basis of having misread his own notes about certain dates.’
    • ‘Any reading which fails to take this into account misreads the text.’
    • ‘So perhaps this has been misread from earlier literature.’
    • ‘That fat man was probably sitting in his office, spinning in his chair with his hands clasped together in his lap and a huge grin on his face as he imagined me going out there and forgetting the notes or misreading the words.’
    • ‘I regret the fact I appear to have misread my own notes.’
    • ‘I wrote my remarks from the entries in my reading journal after having lent the book to someone and may well have misread my own notes.’
    • ‘Then I just figured that I misread the list and missed his name, but since the list was so long, I decided not to read it again.’
    • ‘They simply did not represent Islam, and had misread its sacred text.’
    • ‘Once, when he finally secured a space close to home, an over-eager warden put a ticket on his car after misreading his valid permit.’
    • ‘We have tried before to send a group of our own people when we thought perhaps we had misread the prophecy, but they never returned.’
    • ‘Apparently, one anxious publisher phoned on behalf of a distinguished philosopher who'd misread the invitation letter and thought he was required to pay to take part.’
    • ‘Many press accounts have misread this book as an indictment of incentive zoning or as a polemic against privatization.’
    • ‘Even if they all misread my essay, at least they seem to take Martin Luther's theology more seriously than did the silly movie I reviewed.’
    • ‘I misread the piece to mean that both liberals and conservatives favored embryo research.’
    • ‘You have, I fear, willfully misread my article.’
    • ‘If a reader misses such allegorical correspondences, he or she may completely misread the book.’
    • ‘I think some people are guilty of misreading our logo, mistaking newspaper for newsletter.’
    • ‘With all due respect, I think he was misreading my essay.’
    • ‘One reader seems to have misread the piece and thinks that I ‘publicly admitted to hacking’.’
    mistake, fallacy, misconception, delusion
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    1. 1.1 Judge or interpret (a situation or a person's manner or behavior) incorrectly.
      ‘had she been completely misreading his intentions?’
      • ‘If you have misread human nature then you won't succeed.’
      • ‘He had completely misread the situation, but I couldn't blame him and I didn't set him straight.’
      • ‘I could have misread the situation completely but he actually seemed quite pleased to have us there.’
      • ‘It simply may indicate that the judge misread the whole case.’
      • ‘U.S. officials now acknowledge that they misread the strength of the sentiment among Kurds and Shiites to create a special status.’
      • ‘However, at least in the short term, Sharon had badly misread the situation.’
      • ‘That would be to misread the seriousness of the situation.’
      • ‘How did it happen that the press not only misread the mood of the electorate but got on the wrong side of it?’
      • ‘They said they weren't willing to take any chances their behaviors would be misread - either by the women or by others passing the office.’
      • ‘In doing so, they almost certainly misread his intentions.’
      • ‘Republican leaders said that their motives had been misread and that there was never any intention to invade the privacy of taxpayers.’
      • ‘They are also in the grip of leftist ideologies which consistently lead them to misread the world and its dangers, and to make stupid decisions.’
      • ‘In Lebanon, the Syrians have repeatedly misread the Bush administration's intentions.’
      • ‘That might explain why both men find themselves so often misreading the sentiments of the folks back home.’
      • ‘Another big problem with using insider data on specific companies is that executives sometimes misread company prospects.’
      • ‘Perhaps, in both of these cases, it was not so much that signals were misread but that the wrong signals were sent.’
      • ‘If so, the justices misread the situation and the Court's own role.’
      • ‘Worst of all, they had completely misread the Chinese situation in their enthusiasm to get workers to the field.’
      • ‘This was a serious mistake by the umpires at the town end and they completely misread the situation.’
      • ‘I think he misreads the intent of the anti-World Trade Organization demonstrators in Seattle and the anti-International Monetary Fund / World Bank demonstrators in Washington.’
      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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