mislead

  • 1 Mislead — Mis*lead (m[i^]s*l[=e]d ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Misled} (m[i^]s*l[e^]d ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Misleading}.] [AS. misl[=ae]dan. See {Mis }, and {Lead} to conduct.] To lead into a wrong way or path; to lead astray; to guide into error; to cause to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 mislead — mis·lead /mis lēd/ vb led / led/, lead·ing vt: to lead into a mistaken action or belief: to cause to have a false impression vi: to create a false impression compare deceive Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 mislead — (v.) O.E. mislædan to mislead, common Germanic compound (Cf. M.L.G., M.Du. misleiden, O.H.G. misseleiten, Ger. missleiten, Dan. mislede); see MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + LEAD (Cf. lead) (v.). Related: MISLEADING (Cf. misleading); …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 mislead — delude, beguile, *deceive, betray, double cross Analogous words: entice, inveigle, *lure, tempt, seduce: *dupe, gull, hoodwink, hoax, bamboozle …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 mislead — has the form misled as its past tense and past participle …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 mislead — [v] give someone the wrong idea, information bait, beguile, betray, bilk, bluff, bunk, cheat, cozen, deceive, defraud, delude, double cross*, dupe, enmesh, ensnare, entangle, entice, fool, fudge*, gull, hoax, hoodwink*, hose*, illude, inveigle,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 mislead — ► VERB (past and past part. misled) ▪ give the wrong impression to. DERIVATIVES misleading adjective …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 mislead — [mislēd′] vt. misled, misleading 1. to lead in a wrong direction; lead astray 2. to lead into error (of judgment); deceive or delude 3. to lead into wrongdoing; influence badly SYN. DECEIVE misleading adj. misleadingly adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 mislead — UK US UK mislead UK /mɪsˈliːd/ verb [T] (misled /mɪsˈled/, misled //) ► to cause someone to believe something that is not true: »The government has repeatedly misled the public, and we re here to protest. mislead sb about sth »The advertising… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 10 mislead — verb ADVERB ▪ seriously ▪ completely, totally ▪ actively (esp. BrE), deliberately, intentionally ▪ She was accused of deliberately misleading the …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 mislead — UK [mɪsˈliːd] / US [mɪsˈlɪd] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms mislead : present tense I/you/we/they mislead he/she/it misleads present participle misleading past tense misled UK [mɪsˈled] / US past participle misled to make someone… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 mislead — v. (D; tr.) to mislead about (we were misled about this matter) * * * [mɪs liːd] (D; tr.) to mislead about (we were misled about this matter) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 mislead — mis|lead [ˌmısˈli:d] v past tense and past participle misled [ ˈled] [T] to make someone believe something that is not true by giving them information that is false or not complete mislead sb about/over sth ▪ Politicians have misled the public… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 mislead — misleader, n. /mis leed /, v., misled, misleading. v.t. 1. to lead or guide wrongly; lead astray. 2. to lead into error of conduct, thought, or judgment. v.i. 3. to be misleading; tend to deceive: vague directions that often mislead. [bef. 1050;… …

    Universalium

  • 15 mislead — verb /ˈmɪsliːd/ a) To lead astray, in a false direction. The preacher elaborated Satans ways to mislead us into sin b) To deceive by telling lies or otherwise giving a false impression …

    Wiktionary

  • 16 mislead — mis|lead [ mıs lid ] (past tense and past participle mis|led [ mıs led ] ) verb intransitive or transitive to make someone believe something that is incorrect or not true: There was no intention to mislead the public, Katz told the newspaper. be… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 mislead — [[t]mɪ̱sli͟ːd[/t]] misleads, misleading, misled VERB If you say that someone has misled you, you mean that they have made you believe something which is not true, either by telling you a lie or by giving you a wrong idea or impression. [V n] Jack …

    English dictionary

  • 18 mislead — verb (misled; leading) Date: before 12th century transitive verb to lead in a wrong direction or into a mistaken action or belief often by deliberate deceit intransitive verb to lead astray ; give a wrong impression Synonyms: see deceive •… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 mislead — Synonyms and related words: abuse, bamboozle, be untruthful, beguile, betray, bluff, bowl a googly, bunk, con, corrupt, cozen, debauch, deceive, defile, deflower, delude, despoil, double cross, draw the longbow, dupe, entice, equivocate,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 mislead — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. deceive, delude, lead astray. See error, deception. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. delude, cheat, deceive, defraud, cozen, bilk, take in, overreach, outwit, ensnare, trick, enmesh, entangle, victimize,… …

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