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[mis-ap-ri-hend] /ˌmɪs æp rɪˈhɛnd/
verb (used with object)
to misunderstand.
Origin of misapprehend
1645-55; mis-1 + apprehend
Related forms
misapprehendingly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misapprehend
  • He struggles to help his pupils who misapprehend the world around them.
  • They misapprehend the war by looking back only a few decades.
  • If you follow respectable opinion, you will misapprehend the tastes and priorities of the bulk of voters.
  • In this, it is the plaintiffs who misapprehend the law, not the district court.
  • However, the cities misapprehend the standard for this court's review.
  • Defendants misapprehend the district court's reasoning.
  • These commenters misapprehend the concept of retroactivity.
British Dictionary definitions for misapprehend


(transitive) to misunderstand
Derived Forms
misapprehensive, adjective
misapprehensively, adverb
misapprehensiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for misapprehend

1640s, from mis- (1) + apprehend. Related: Misapprehended; misapprehending.

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