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[ UK /mɪsˌʌndəstˈændɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˌmɪsəndɝˈstændɪŋ/ ]
  1. an understanding of something that is not correct
    he wasn't going to admit his mistake
    there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister
    make no mistake about his intentions
  2. putting the wrong interpretation on
    his misinterpretation of the question caused his error
    there was no mistaking her meaning
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How To Use misunderstanding In A Sentence

  • Words are confusing, but they're nothing compared to non-words, mainly because non-words lead to rash assumptions and misunderstandings.
  • In Chinas modernization drive, the misunderstanding on "Middlebrow" is not beneficial to the understanding and the promotion of the core ideology of Chinas traditional culture.
  • Cultural misunderstandings do happen. Times, Sunday Times
  • I don't want there to be any misunderstanding.
  • Firman said the dispute was triggered by a minor misunderstanding between a member of the police's Mobile Brigade and a group of marines.
  • The show cloaks itself in wholesome, old-fashioned japery with its broad misunderstandings ("I said ghosts, not goats!") and knowing winks at Hi-de-Hi! and Frank Spencer, and the way Miranda's mother (Patricia Hodge) flits in and out as if through a time portal to a 1950s Whitehall farce. Rewind TV: Miranda; The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; Accused: Willy's Story; Garrow's Law
  • There are worries that cultural misunderstandings can lead to lost sales. Times, Sunday Times
  • You're so good with people today and clear up any kind of misunderstanding - and then get on with enjoying all the festivities. The Sun
  • True, we are expected to moonwalk across the vast waters dividing technology from the masses and tiptoe back on egocentric eggshells, circumventing treacherous misunderstandings and political back-stabbing.
  • His misunderstanding of language was the primary cause of his other problems.
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