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."
v represent falsely
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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
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