misinterpret something (as something/doing something) to understand something/somebody wrongly synonym misconstrue, misread His comments were misinterpreted as a criticism of the project. She deliberately misinterpreted the question. compare interpretExtra examples It would be easy to misinterpret results from such a small sample. In some areas, a friendly remark to a person of the opposite sex may be misinterpreted. She frequently felt that her work was being misinterpreted. The policemen seemed to be deliberately misinterpreting his answers.
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BrE BrE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːrprɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misinterpret
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːrprɪt//he / she / it misinterprets
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːrprɪts//past simple misinterpreted
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːrprɪtɪd//past participle misinterpreted
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːrprɪtɪd//-ing form misinterpreting
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsɪnˈtɜːrprɪtɪŋ//