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mistake

[ mi-steyk ]
/ m瑟藞ste瑟k /
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noun
an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
verb (used with object), mis路took [mi-stook], /m瑟藞st蕣k/, mis路tak路en [mi-stey-kuhn], /m瑟藞ste瑟 k蓹n/, mis路tak路ing.
to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else:I mistook him for the mayor.
to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
verb (used without object), mis路took [mi-stook], /m瑟藞st蕣k/, mis路tak路en [mi-stey-kuhn], /m瑟藞ste瑟 k蓹n/, mis路tak路ing.
to be in error.
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Idioms about mistake

    and no mistake, for certain; surely: He's an honorable person, and no mistake.

Origin of mistake

First recorded in 1300鈥30; Middle English mistaken (verb), from Old Norse mistaka 鈥渢o take in error.鈥 see origin at mis-1, take

synonym study for mistake

1. 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.

words often confused with mistake

See misnomer.

OTHER WORDS FROM mistake

mis路tak路er, nounmis路tak路ing路ly, adverbun路mis路tak路ing, adjectiveun路mis路tak路ing路ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mistake

misnomer, mistake (see confusables note at misnomer)
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British Dictionary definitions for mistake

mistake
/ (m瑟藞ste瑟k) /

noun
an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
a misconception or misunderstanding
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
(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

Derived forms of mistake

mistaker, noun

Word Origin for mistake

C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with mistake

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