verb (used with object), mis·took, mis·tak·en, mis·tak·ing.
verb (used without object), mis·took, mis·tak·en, mis·tak·ing.
Origin of mistake
Examples from the Web for mistake
Scalise has called the talk, which he delivered in a hotel outside New Orleans, “a mistake I regret.”
Scalise offered his contrition that he had made a mistake and apologized for appearing before a group some 12 years ago.
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|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And make no mistake; they were backed up by sincere religious beliefs.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around|Jay Michaelson|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is only when he is interfered with by European dictation that he ever vulgarizes his art or makes a mistake.
"I hope you have made no mistake, my lad," anxiously said Captain Daly.Wizard Will|Prentiss Ingraham
It looks to me as though Pretty Sweet was in a bad hole, and no mistake.The Girls of Central High Aiding the Red Cross|Gertrude W. Morrison
She had never made the mistake of thinking that because his grief was facile it was any the less strong and real.Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
I have already explained to Lawrence and Basswood that it is a mistake, and that the widow will be paid all that is due her.Dave Porter and the Runaways|Edward Stratemeyer
verb -takes, -taking, -took or -taken
Word Origin for mistake
early 14c., "to commit an offense;" late 14c., "to misunderstand, misinterpret," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mistaka "take in error, miscarry"), from mis- "wrongly" (see mis- (1)) + taka "take" (see take (v.)). Related: Mistook; mistaking.
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.
In addition to the idiom beginning with mistake
- mistake for
- by mistake
- make no mistake