misunderstand Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    I think you misunderstood what I said.

  • Example

    She always misunderstands my intentions.

  • Example

    He misunderstood the instructions and did it wrong.

  • Example

    Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying you're wrong.

misunderstand Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for misunderstand

Antonyms for misunderstand

Phrases with misunderstand

  • be misunderstood

    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.

  • to have an incorrect perception or interpretation of a situation


    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.'