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err

[ ur, er ]
/ ɜr, ɛr /
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verb (used without object)
to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
to go astray morally; sin: To err is human.
Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.
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Origin of err

1275–1325; Middle English erren<Old French errer<Latin errāre; akin to Gothic airzjan,Old High German irrôn,German irren

OTHER WORDS FROM err

err·a·bil·i·ty, nounerr·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH err

1. air, e'er, ere, err , heir2. er, err , Ur
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How to use err in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for err

err
/ (ɜː) /

verb (intr)
to make a mistake; be incorrect
to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
to act with bias, esp favourable biasto err on the side of justice

Word Origin for err

C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre
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