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[mis-gahyd] /mɪsˈgaɪd/
verb (used with object), misguided, misguiding.
to guide wrongly; misdirect.
Origin of misguide
1325-75; mis-1 + guide; replacing Middle English misgien; see guy2
Related forms
misguidance, noun
misguider, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misguide
  • Don't let our metaphoric preface misguide you into thinking this is a football film.
  • Tome, they have become misguided and in turn misguide common people.
  • We have seen what these guys and their students did and continue to misguide governments.
  • Self responsibility and good parenting are key to healthy lifestyles, but impossible when food manufacturers misguide them.
  • To call this event a protest is to misguide the public.
  • They also misguide the homeowner to cease any communication with the lender.
  • Listing crucial revisions in this section would prove to be lengthy, duplicative, and possibly misguide the reader.
  • Without an adequate understanding of their application, actuarial tools have the potential to misguide the estimation of risk.
  • Give us belief and knowledge in the truth when others attempt to misguide us by deceit.
  • Of course, the government would never misguide its citizens for its own political gain.
British Dictionary definitions for misguide


(transitive) to guide or direct wrongly or badly
Derived Forms
misguidance, noun
misguider, noun
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Word Origin and History for misguide

late 14c., "to go astray;" see mis- (1) + guide (v.). Transitive sense of "to guide in the wrong direction" is first attested c.1500. Related: Misguided; misguiding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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