Other forms: misinformed; misinforming; misinforms

When you misinform someone, you give them the wrong information. If you misinform your friend about what homework is due tomorrow, he may do the wrong math problems.

It's possible to misinform people on purpose (deliberately giving them false information), or accidentally. To inform someone is to provide them with information — to educate or advise them about something. Inform comes from a Latin root, informare, "train or instruct," and literally "shape or form." Adding the "wrong" or "not" prefix mis- gives you misinform, "to instruct in the wrong way."

Definitions of misinform
  1. verb
    give false or misleading information to
    synonyms: mislead
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    tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
    beat around the bush, equivocate, palter, prevaricate, tergiversate
    be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
    downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling
    betray, deceive, lead astray
    cause someone to believe an untruth
    tell romantic or exaggerated lies
    knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
    tell a relatively insignificant lie
    impersonate, personate, pose
    pretend to be someone you are not; sometimes with fraudulent intentions
    bamboozle, hoodwink, lead by the nose, play false, pull the wool over someone's eyes, snow
    conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
    overemphasise, overemphasize, overstress
    place special or excessive emphasis on
    befool, cod, dupe, fool, gull, put on, put one across, put one over, slang, take in
    fool or hoax
    blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
    show off
    aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
    add details to
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    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
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