Definition of misunderstand verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

misunderstand

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstænd//
 
[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
 
 
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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.
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