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.

before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1

misleader, noun
unmisled, adjective

1. misguide, misdirect. 2. delude, deceive.
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mislead (mɪsˈliːd)
vb , -leads, -leading, -led
1.  to give false or misleading information to
2.  to lead or guide in the wrong direction

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Word Origin & History

O.E. mislædan, common Gmc. compound (cf. M.L.G., M.Du. misleiden, O.H.G. misseleiten, Ger. missleiten, Dan. mislede); see mis- (1) + lead (v.). Related: misleading; misled.
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Example sentences
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.
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