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misunderstand

verb [I or T] uk   /ˌmɪs.ʌn.dəˈstænd/ us    /-dɚ-/ (misunderstood, misunderstood)
B2 to think you have understood someone or something when you have not: If you think that these transport problems can be solved by building more roads, you completely misunderstand the nature of the problem. I told him I'd meet him here, but perhaps he misunderstood and went straight to the pub. be misunderstood C2 If someone is misunderstood, other people do not understand that they have good qualities: In her teens she felt frustrated and misunderstood.
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