Definition of misunderstand in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɪsʌndəˈstand/

verb (past and past participle misunderstood /ˌmɪsʌndəˈstʊd/)

[with object]
1Fail to interpret or understand (something) correctly: he had misunderstood the police officer’s hand signals [no object]: I must have misunderstood—I thought you were anxious to leave
More example sentences
  • That is what prompted my original question to you and I must have misunderstood your answer.
  • They do, of course: historians, like everyone else, can misread, misremember, misinterpret, or misunderstand things.
  • So the libertarian fails because he fundamentally misunderstands the question.
misapprehend, misinterpret, put a wrong interpretation on, misconstrue, misconceive, mistake, misread, miss, confuse, confound, take amiss;
miscalculate, err, be mistaken, get the wrong idea, get it/someone wrong, take something the wrong way, receive a false impression, be under a delusion, get (hold of) the wrong end of the stick, be at cross purposes
1.1Fail to interpret or understand the words or actions of (someone) correctly: don’t misunderstand me—I’m not implying she should be working (as adjective misunderstood) he is one of football’s most misunderstood men
More example sentences
  • I said, distinctly separating every word, so that she couldn't misunderstand me.
  • Tammy says she is made to feel useless by other people; she is misunderstood by other people.
  • I mean, we're all good people, don't misunderstand me, but their - politics is competitive.

Words that rhyme with misunderstand

and, band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, offhand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, stand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned, withstand

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