Definition of misunderstanding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɪsʌndəˈstandɪŋ/


1A failure to understand something correctly: a misunderstanding of the government’s plans [mass noun]: there must have been some kind of misunderstanding
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  • I couldn't even begin to understand what his misunderstanding was.
  • ‘We understand that the misunderstanding arose from the use of different types of terminology, and apologise for any confusion caused,’ she said.
  • This allows me to meet each student outside of lecture, correct misunderstandings, and catch errors in the forms.
1.1A disagreement or quarrel: he left the army after a slight misunderstanding with his commanding officer
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  • There is bound to be confrontation, conflict, misunderstandings, arguments and disagreements.
  • All the misunderstandings and quarrels of the past had been sorted out.
  • This is the reason for a majority of our disagreements or misunderstandings.

Words that rhyme with misunderstanding

freestanding, hardstanding, landing, notwithstanding, outstanding, standing, stranding, understanding, upstanding

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