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Definition of misunderstanding noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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.
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