Definition of misunderstand in English:


Line breaks: mis|un¦der|stand
Pronunciation: /ˌmɪsʌndəˈstand

verb (past and past participle misunderstood /-ˈstʊd/)

[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.

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