Definition of misunderstanding in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmisˌəndərˈstandiNG/


1A failure to understand something correctly: a misunderstanding of the facts and the law 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.
misinterpretation, misconstruction, misreading, misapprehension, misconception, the wrong idea, false impression
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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Syllabification: mis·un·der·stand·ing

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