misrepresent

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
  1. verb
    represent falsely
    “This statement misrepresents my intentions”
    synonyms: belie
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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
    mouth
    articulate silently; form words with the lips only
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    represent
    serve as a means of expressing something
  2. verb
    tamper, with the purpose of deception
    synonyms: cook, fake, falsify, fudge, manipulate, wangle
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    juggle
    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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