- simple past tense of mistake.
- 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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Examples from the Web for mistook
The latest is maybe the biggest howler yet, bigger than even the ad that mistook Duke basketball players for UK Wildcats.Mitch McConnell’s Big Obamacare-Kynect Lie
May 28, 2014
Pistorius maintains that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.Witness: Pistorius Suicidal After Shooting Reeva
May 5, 2014
She mistook him for a servant and fed him kindly; later, she found out that the man was a top advisor to a major general.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Perhaps among other things, Smith mistook kindness as a sign of as weak case.Free Demaryius Thomas’s Mom After 14 Years on a Drug Charge
January 30, 2014
Wurtz turns himself into The Man Who Mistook His Stand For His Art, and by doing so, made it so.The Man Who Mistook A Stand For His Art
April 22, 2013
But Uncle Lucien was so certain of the boy's guilt that he mistook his pride for impudence.The Boy Life of Napoleon
He mistook both the character of the woman, and that of his divine guest.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
It mistook me for a honeysuckle, and gave me a peck to make sure.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
You've saw me pretty mild; but don't you be mistook by that, like that feller Dickert was mistook.Southern Lights and Shadows
I mistook what he meant, and thought it well to say no more.Wilfrid Cumbermede
- the past tense of mistake
- 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
Word Origin and History for mistook
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.