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misunderstand (v.)

"understand amiss, attach a false meaning to; fail to understand," c. 1200, misunderstonde, from mis- (1) "badly, wrongly" + understand. Related: Misunderstood; misunderstanding.

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Definitions of misunderstand

misunderstand (v.)
interpret in the wrong way;
Synonyms: misconstrue / misinterpret / misconceive / misapprehend / be amiss
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