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

v give false or misleading information to

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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
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impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

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