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[mis-in-fawrm] /ˌmɪs ɪnˈfɔrm/
verb (used with object)
to give false or misleading information to.
Origin of misinform
1350-1400; Middle English misenfourmen. See mis-1, inform1
Related forms
misinformant, misinformer, noun
misinformative, adjective
[mis-in-fer-mey-shuh n] /ˌmɪs ɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
Can be confused
disinformation, misinformation.
mislead, misdirect. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for misinform
  • Inadequately briefed actors can misinform exercise participants and unintentionally alter the exercise scenario.
  • To the extent such defamatory statements misinform the voters, they interfere with the process upon which democracy is based.
  • In some cases, disclosure of the codes may actually misinform consumers.
  • The perpetrators further misinform the homeowners to ignore any court notices to appear at the bankruptcy hearing.
  • Such statements can misinform the public and may heighten fears in a community.
  • Colors can distract, shapes can misinform, and words can mislead.
  • Thus, each infraction involves an intent to misinform.
British Dictionary definitions for misinform


(transitive) to give incorrect information to
Derived Forms
misinformant, misinformer, noun
misinformation (ˌmɪsɪnfəˈmeɪʃən) noun
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Word Origin and History for misinform

late 14c.; see mis- (1) + inform. Related: Misinformed; misinforming.

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