- an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
- a misunderstanding or misconception.
- to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else: I mistook him for the mayor.
- to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
- to be in error.
- and no mistake, for certain; surely: He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
Origin of mistake
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1. inaccuracy, erratum, fault, oversight. Mistake, blunder, error, slip refer to deviations from right, accuracy, correctness, or truth. A mistake, grave or trivial, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle: It was a mistake to argue. A blunder is a careless, stupid, or gross mistake in action or speech, suggesting awkwardness, heedlessness, or ignorance: Through his blunder the message was lost. An error (often interchanged with mistake ) is an unintentional wandering or deviation from accuracy, or right conduct: an error in addition. A slip is usually a minor mistake made through haste or carelessness: a slip of the tongue. 4. misconceive, misjudge, err.
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Examples from the Web for mistake
Scalise has called the talk, which he delivered in a hotel outside New Orleans, “a mistake I regret.”The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.Reverend Jeremiah Wright Was Worse Than Scalise
January 2, 2015
Make no mistake: The technology exists—has existed for a long while—to stop this from happening.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
I made the mistake of promising one group of guys they could ask me anything if they answered my questions.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots
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And make no mistake; they were backed up by sincere religious beliefs.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
Without reasons I was sure of, you know, so there could be no chance of any mistake.
"Nothing, only you locked the door by mistake," said Ben, coolly.
He'll be the corn king all right by June 1st; don't make any mistake on that.
"If you will consult the captain, you may learn your mistake," said Robert.
Yet they not only use this medium, but mistake it for the whitest sunshine.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
- a misconception or misunderstanding
- (tr) to misunderstand; misinterpretshe mistook his meaning
- (tr foll by for) to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with)she mistook his direct manner for honesty
- (tr) to choose badly or incorrectlyhe mistook his path
- (intr) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for mistake
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with mistake
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