verb mis·lead \ˌmis-ˈlēd\

: to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true


Full Definition of MISLEAD

transitive verb
:  to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit
intransitive verb
:  to lead astray :  give a wrong impression
mis·lead·er noun
mis·lead·ing·ly \-ˈlē-diŋ-lē\ adverb

First Known Use of MISLEAD

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of MISLEAD

deceive, mislead, delude, beguile mean to lead astray or frustrate usually by underhandedness. deceive implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness <tried to deceive me about the cost>. mislead implies a leading astray that may or may not be intentional <I was misled by the confusing sign>. delude implies deceiving so thoroughly as to obscure the truth <we were deluded into thinking we were safe>. beguile stresses the use of charm and persuasion in deceiving <was beguiled by false promises>.
MISLEAD Defined for Kids


verb mis·lead \mis-ˈlēd\
mis·led \-ˈled\mis·lead·ing

Definition of MISLEAD for Kids

:  to cause (someone) to believe something that is not true <His comments were intended to mislead the public.>


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