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mislead

[mis-leed] /mɪsˈlid/
verb (used with object), misled, misleading.
1.
to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray.
2.
to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment.
verb (used without object), misled, misleading.
3.
to be misleading; tend to deceive:
vague directions that often mislead.
Origin of mislead
1050
before 1050; Middle English misleden, Old English mislǣdan. See mis-1, lead1
Related forms
misleader, noun
unmisled, adjective
Synonyms
1. misguide, misdirect. 2. delude, deceive.
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  • "I was misled for a time myself, sir," replied the poor girl, pressing her temples between her palms.

    Husks Marion Harland
  • He was only misled by his love of antithesis into a hasty and illogical remark.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Yet with the closest secrecy she misled—with the most unfeeling coldness left me.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • If he does and seeds by the bushel, or other measures, he is apt to be misled.

  • From this discovery he saw how easy it was to be misled in such matters.

    After London Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for misled

mislead

/mɪsˈliːd/
verb (transitive) -leads, -leading, -led
1.
to give false or misleading information to
2.
to lead or guide in the wrong direction
Derived Forms
misleader, noun
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Word Origin and History for misled

mislead

v.

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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