- a failure to understand properly
- a disagreement
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a failure to understand:
[uncountable]: a source of mistrust and misunderstanding.[countable]a major misunderstanding during the peace talks.
- a disagreement or quarrel:[countable]had a misunderstanding but now we're friends again.
- failure to understand correctly;
mistake as to meaning or intent.
- a disagreement or quarrel.
- 1400–50; late Middle English; see mis-1, understanding
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged misapprehension, error, misconception.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discord, difference, difficulty, dissension.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged concord.
- to interpret incorrectly;
attach a wrong meaning to: [~ + object]The radar operators misunderstood his orders.[no object]I think you misunderstood; repeat the instructions.
- to fail to understand the character, nature, etc., of (someone):[~ + object]He continually misunderstands his children.
- to take (words, statements, etc.) in a wrong sense;
- to fail to understand or interpret rightly the words or behavior of.
- Middle English misunderstanden. See mis-1, understand 1150–1200
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged misconstrue, misapprehend, misinterpret.
- to fail to understand properly