American English

Definition of misunderstand verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive] misunderstand (somebody/something) misunderstand what, how, etc…Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misunderstand
he / she / it misunderstands
past simple misunderstood
-ing form misunderstanding
jump to other results
to fail to understand someone or something correctly I completely misunderstood her intentions. Don't misunderstand me—I am grateful for all you've done. I thought he was her husband—I must have misunderstood.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: misunderstand