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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 misled
  • It is much more difficult to change the public's mind when they have been misled for so many years.
  • The sports audience is complicit in its own deception, downright eager to be thus misled.
  • Children were stolen or were misled with promises to visit the house kept by the gang on the outskirts of the town.
  • In this case, it also harmed an individual who was unjustly misled as to her future, and seriously inconvenienced.
  • They will not be misled for long when the printing presses fire up for real.
  • Fourth, it's time to step up the response to the climate skeptics, who have misled the public.
  • And yet, this useful cellular mechanism is cruelly misled by games of chance.
  • Apparently you are among those people who want to be misled.
  • Ticket-buyers sulked and claimed that they were misled.
  • Sometimes we're misled in our word use by confusion with similar words or by inattention to nuance.
British Dictionary definitions for misled


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 misled



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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