- 1to fail to understand someone or something correctly
- 2to interpret incorrectly
Using misunderstand: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "misunderstand" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I think you misunderstood what I said.
She always misunderstands my intentions.
He misunderstood the instructions and did it wrong.
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying you're wrong.
misunderstand Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with misunderstand
to be incorrectly interpreted or not understood by others
Her intentions were misunderstood by her colleagues.
to fail to communicate effectively, resulting in confusion or misinterpretation
They kept misunderstanding each other's intentions, leading to arguments.
He misunderstood the situation and thought everything was fine, when in fact it was quite serious.
Summary: misunderstand in Brief
To 'misunderstand' [ˌmɪsʌndərˈstænd] is to fail to understand someone or something correctly, or to interpret it incorrectly. It can lead to confusion and miscommunication, as in 'She always misunderstands my intentions.' 'Misunderstand' has synonyms like 'misinterpret' and 'misconstrue,' and antonyms like 'understand' and 'comprehend.'