- 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
Synonyms for mistake
Antonyms for mistake
Examples from the Web for mistakingly
Historical Examples of mistakingly
We mistakingly adorn most that part of life which least requires it, and neglect to provide for that which will want it most.Coelebs In Search of a Wife
Karasowski says mistakingly that the movement referred to is the Adagio of the E minor Concerto.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
When it is placed ultimately upon a forbidden object: as to hope for some evil to yourselves which you mistakingly think is good.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
- 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 for mistake
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