Part of speech: verb

To understand wrongly; fail to understand.

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Usage examples "misunderstand":

  1. " Forgive me," said the Italian, with great emotion,-" forgive me, and do not misunderstand; I would not have betrayed you- there is honour among villains. - "Ernest Maltravers, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
  2. " I know you think kindly of me, Molly," he went on, " and I should be sorry to have you misunderstand me; but surely a man should not require religion to make him honest! - "Home Again", George MacDonald.
  3. It occurred to me that- don't misunderstand me, my child, but- well, the landlady said you were poor; she was in doubt of the room rent; so I thought- perhaps you might not want the baby as much as I do. - "In a Little Town", Rupert Hughes.