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misunderstand

verb
 
/mɪsˌʌn·dərˈstænd/ ( past tense and past participle misunderstood)
to not understand someone or something correctly: He misunderstood the question completely.
Translations of “misunderstand”
in Korean 오해하다…
in Arabic يُسيء الفَهم…
in French mal comprendre…
in Turkish yanlış/ters anlamak…
in Italian capire male…
in Chinese (Traditional) 誤解, 誤會…
in Russian неправильно понять…
in Polish źle rozumieć, nie rozumieć…
in Spanish entender mal, interpretar mal…
in Portuguese interpretar mal, equivocar-se…
in German mißverstehen…
in Catalan entendre malament…
in Japanese 誤解する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 误解, 曲解…
(Definition of misunderstand from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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