misunderstanding Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun putting the wrong interpretation on
    mistaking; misinterpretation.
    • his misinterpretation of the question caused his error
    • there was no mistaking her meaning
  2. noun an understanding of something that is not correct
    misapprehension; mistake.
    • he wasn't going to admit his mistake
    • make no mistake about his intentions
    • there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister
  3. verb interpret in the wrong way
    misinterpret; misunderstand; misconceive; be amiss; misconstrue; misapprehend.
    • Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism
    • She misconstrued my remarks


Mis*un`der*stand"ing noun
  1. Mistake of the meaning; error; misconception. Bacon.
  2. Disagreement; difference of opinion; dissension; quarrel. "Misunderstandings among friends." Swift.

Webster 1913