If you deliberately mislead someone — for example, by lying about your work experience at a job interview — you misrepresent yourself, or paint a false picture of who you are.

The verb misrepresent can be a relatively gentle way to say "lie," or it can mean more of a bending of the truth. You might misrepresent the reliability of an old car you're trying to sell or accidentally misrepresent an author's intentions in a school book report. The word itself is built from the Old English prefix mis-, which means "bad or wrong," and represent, or "depict, describe, or symbolize."

Definitions of misrepresent

v represent falsely

“This statement misrepresents my intentions”
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sentimentalise, sentimentalize
look at with sentimentality or turn into an object of sentiment
distort, falsify, garble, warp
make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
affect, dissemble, feign, pretend, sham
make believe with the intent to deceive
mangle, murder, mutilate
alter so as to make unrecognizable
play possum
to pretend to be dead
take a dive
pretend to be knocked out, as of a boxer
bull, bullshit, fake, talk through one's hat
speak insincerely or without regard for facts or truths
articulate silently; form words with the lips only
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serve as a means of expressing something

v tamper, with the purpose of deception

cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, wangle
manipulate by or as if by moving around components
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cheat, chisel
engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud

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