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[mis-leed] /mɪsˈlid/
verb (used with object), misled, misleading.
to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
verb (used without object), misled, misleading.
to be misleading; tend to deceive:
vague directions that often mislead.
Origin of mislead
before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1
Related forms
misleader, noun
unmisled, adjective
1. misguide, misdirect. 2. delude, deceive. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mislead
  • The averages mislead and draw people to the wrong conclusions.
  • Let's not mislead the public and cancer patients, who surely suffer enough.
  • One reason, say churchmen, is that a minaret on the skyline might mislead first-time visitors.
  • Until then, my friend, you are the one that is sadly mislead.
  • At first there was plenty of speculation that the device might be a red herring, left to mislead.
  • Switching your topic to pollution doesn't mislead me.
  • The committee's report also says the coaches attempted to mislead investigators.
  • They would teach us in training about what not to say to mislead a potential student by skirting the real issues.
  • But that story is so incomplete as to mislead policy makers.
  • But, they do so because they wish to mislead others into thinking that there has been an egregious violation of law or protocol.
British Dictionary definitions for mislead


verb (transitive) -leads, -leading, -led
to give false or misleading information to
to lead or guide in the wrong direction
Derived Forms
misleader, noun
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Word Origin and History for mislead

Old English mislædan "to mislead," common Germanic compound (cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch misleiden, Old High German misseleiten, German missleiten, Danish mislede); see mis- (1) + lead (v.). Related: misleading; misled.

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