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English definition of “misconstrue”

misconstrue

verb [T] uk   /ˌmɪs.kənˈstruː/ formal us  
to form a false understanding of the meaning or intention of something that someone does or says: She said Harris had misconstrued her comments. Their caution was misconstrued as cowardice.
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