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misunderstand

verb
     
mis‧un‧der‧stand past tense and past participle misunderstood [intransitive and transitive]
to fail to understand someone or something correctly:
Rachel, you must have misunderstood her! Ellie would never say something like that.
Don't misunderstand me. She's a very nice person when you get to know her.

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