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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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  • "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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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