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misunderstanding

[mis-uhn-der-stan-ding] /ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstæn dɪŋ/
noun
1.
failure to understand correctly; mistake as to meaning or intent.
2.
a disagreement or quarrel.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see mis-1, understanding
Related forms
misunderstandingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. misapprehension, error, misconception. 2. discord, difference, difficulty, dissension.
Antonyms
2. concord.

misunderstand

[mis-uhn-der-stand] /ˌmɪs ʌn dərˈstænd/
verb (used with object), misunderstood, misunderstanding.
1.
to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense; understand wrongly.
2.
to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
Origin
1150-1200; Middle English misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand
Related forms
misunderstander, noun
Synonyms
1. misconstrue, misapprehend, misinterpret.
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British Dictionary definitions for misunderstanding

misunderstanding

/ˌmɪsʌndəˈstændɪŋ/
noun
1.
a failure to understand properly
2.
a disagreement

misunderstand

/ˌmɪsʌndəˈstænd/
verb -stands, -standing, -stood
1.
to fail to understand properly
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Word Origin and History for misunderstanding
n.

"want of understanding," mid-15c., from present participle of misunderstand.

When misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood. [Lionel Trilling]
Meaning "dissention, disagreement" is first recorded 1640s.

misunderstand

v.

c.1200; see mis- (1) + understand. Related: Misunderstood; misunderstanding.

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