Definition of misunderstand verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

misunderstand

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstænd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they misunderstand
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstænd//
 
he / she / it misunderstands
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstændz//
 
past simple misunderstood
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstʊd//
 
past participle misunderstood
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstʊd//
 
-ing form misunderstanding
BrE BrE//ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪsʌndərˈstændɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] misunderstand (somebody/something) | misunderstand what, how, etc… to fail to understand somebody/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.Word Familyunderstand verb (misunderstand)understandable adjectivemisunderstood adjectiveunderstanding adjective noun (misunderstanding)Extra examples a charming and much misunderstood man Always give clear instructions so that they won’t be misunderstood. Don’t misunderstand me—I’m grateful for everything you’ve done. His concern for their safety was misunderstood as interference. Many mental illnesses are widely misunderstood. She must have misunderstood what I was trying to say.
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