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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
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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  • It is much more difficult to change the public's mind when they have been misled for so many years.
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  • 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

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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