Definition of misunderstanding noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstændɪŋ//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a situation in which a comment, an instruction, etc. is not understood correctly There must be some misunderstanding—I thought I ordered the smaller model. The problem arose from a misunderstanding on the part of the French. The meeting is a final chance to clear up any misunderstandings. misunderstanding of/about something There is still a fundamental misunderstanding about the real purpose of this work. misunderstanding between A and B All contracts are translated to avoid any misunderstanding between the companies.
  2. 2[countable] a slight disagreement or argument We had a little misunderstanding over the bill.
  3. Word Familyunderstand verb (misunderstand)understandable adjectivemisunderstood adjectiveunderstanding adjective noun (misunderstanding)Extra examples I am anxious to avoid any possible misunderstanding. I think there was some misunderstanding on his part. Leave no scope for misunderstandings of any type. Somehow a misunderstanding arose. The oversimplification results in the possibility of misunderstanding by the reader. There must have been some misunderstanding between the minister and his secretary. There was considerable misunderstanding about the aim of the project. a slight misunderstanding over the terms of the contract The report seems to be based on a misunderstanding. There is still a fundamental misunderstanding about the purpose of this work. There seems to be a misunderstanding of the law in this case. This situation seems to stem from a misunderstanding on the part of the management.
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