misinterpret misinterpret  /mɪs ɪn ˈtɜr prət/


  1. (v) interpret falsely
  2. (v) interpret wrongly
  3. (v) interpret in the wrong way


  1. When we are trying to detect honesty, we look at the wrong kinds of nonverbal behaviors, and we misinterpret them.
  2. Crocker, semi-speechless, chose to misinterpret the question, saying a precipitous drawdown to 30,000 troops would be disastrous.
  3. The signs that the world is spinning out of kilter are increasingly difficult to misinterpret.


  • Even smallest of news makes traders jump

    The market indexes again have turned on a dime, thanks to short-term traders who misinterpret -- and overreact to -- government data.
    on July 2, 2013     Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


  1. "With respect to the former congressman, I think that his situation is different from my situation," Mahoney said. "I don't want anyone to misinterpret that as me saying somehow I'm saying I'm more proud. I'm not saying that at all."
    on Oct 17, 2008 By: Tim Mahoney Source: FOXNews

  2. O'Connor said she "deliberately chose Scriptures that were very gentle. There's a lot that's beautiful about religion. It's just you get some ...... nutters that misinterpret it."
    on Aug 7, 2007 By: Sinead O Connor Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

  3. In his first public comment since Halutz resigned, Peretz warned Israel's enemies, "Do not misinterpret the army chief's decision to resign as a sign of weakness."
    on Jan 18, 2007 By: Amir Peretz Source: ABC News

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