Definition of misconstrue verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

misconstrue

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌmɪskənˈstruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪskənˈstruː//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misconstrue
BrE BrE//ˌmɪskənˈstruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪskənˈstruː//
 
he / she / it misconstrues
BrE BrE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːz//
 
past simple misconstrued
BrE BrE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːd//
 
past participle misconstrued
BrE BrE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːd//
 
-ing form misconstruing
BrE BrE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪskənˈstruːɪŋ//
 
 
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misconstrue something (as something) (formal) to understand somebody’s words or actions wrongly synonym misinterpret He deliberately misconstrued everything I said. It is easy to misconstrue confidence as arrogance. It’s easy to misconstrue shyness as unfriendliness.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: misconstrue