mislead

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English misleden, from Old English mislǣdan (to mislead), from Proto-Germanic *missalaidijaną (to mislead), equivalent to mis- +‎ lead.

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  • IPA(key): /mɪsˈliːd/
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  • Rhymes: -iːd

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mislead (third-person singular simple present misleads, present participle misleading, simple past and past participle misled) (transitive)

  1. (literally) To lead astray, in a false direction.
    • 2004, Green Day (lyrics and music), “Jesus of Suburbia”, in American Idiot:
      City of the dead / At the end of another lost highway / Signs misleading to nowhere
  2. To deceive by telling lies or otherwise giving a false impression.
  3. To deceptively trick into something wrong.
    The preacher elaborated Satan's ways to mislead us into sin
  4. To accidentally or intentionally confuse.

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