misrepresent

misrepresent
mis•rep•re•sent
[[t]ˌmɪs rɛp rɪˈzɛnt[/t]] v. t.
1) to represent incorrectly, improperly, or falsely
2) to represent in an unsatisfactory manner
Etymology: 1640–50 mis`rep•re•sen•ta′tion, n. syn: misrepresent, distort, falsify share the sense of presenting information in a way that does not accord with the truth. misrepresent suggests a usu. deliberately incorrect or misleading representation or account: The dealer misrepresented the condition of the car. distort implies a twisting or perverting of intended meaning, as through error, bias, or exaggeration: The witness distorted the facts. falsify suggests an untruthful account, with an intention to mislead; it may involve fraudulent tampering with facts: to falsify a death certificate.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • misrepresent — mis·rep·re·sent /mis ˌre pri zent/ vt: to make a misrepresentation about vi: to make a misrepresentation mis·rep·re·sen·ta·tive / ˌre pri zen tə tiv/ adj mis·rep·re·sen·ter n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • misrepresent — mis‧rep‧re‧sent [ˌmɪsreprɪˈzent] verb [transitive] LAW to deliberately give false information to someone, especially in order to persuade them to enter into a contract: • He was found guilty of misrepresenting the true position of his accounts. * …   Financial and business terms

  • Misrepresent — Mis*rep re*sent , v. t. To represent incorrectly (almost always, unfavorably); to give a false or erroneous representation of, either maliciously, ignorantly, or carelessly. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Misrepresent — Mis*rep re*sent , v. i. To make an incorrect or untrue representation. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misrepresent — (v.) 1640s, from MIS (Cf. mis ) (1) + REPRESENT (Cf. represent). Related: Misrepresented; misrepresenting …   Etymology dictionary

  • misrepresent — / misquote [v] lie, distort adulterate, angle, beard*, belie, build up, cloak, color, con, confuse, cover up, disguise, distort, dress, embellish, embroider, equivocate, exaggerate, falsify, garble, give snow job*, mangle, mask, miscolor,… …   New thesaurus

  • misrepresent — ► VERB ▪ give a false or misleading account of. DERIVATIVES misrepresentation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • misrepresent — [mis΄rep rē zent′] vt. 1. to represent falsely; give an untrue or misleading idea of 2. to be an improper or bad representative of misrepresentation n …   English World dictionary

  • misrepresent — nisrepresent, falsify, belie, garble mean to present or represent something in a manner that is contrary to the truth. Misrepresent usually implies an intent to represent or portray falsely, and therefore may take as its subject not only a person …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • misrepresent — UK [ˌmɪsreprɪˈzent] / US [ˌmɪsreprəˈzent] verb [transitive] Word forms misrepresent : present tense I/you/we/they misrepresent he/she/it misrepresents present participle misrepresenting past tense misrepresented past participle misrepresented to… …   English dictionary

  • misrepresent — misrepresentation, n. misrepresentative, adj. misrepresenter, n. /mis rep ri zent /, v.t. 1. to represent incorrectly, improperly, or falsely. 2. to represent in an unsatisfactory manner. [1640 50; MIS 1 + REPRESENT] Syn. MISREPRESENT, DISTORT …   Universalium

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