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mis•take /mɪˈsteɪk/USA pronunciation n., v., -took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.

n. [countable]
  • an error in action or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, etc.:too many mistakes in grammar.

  • v. 
  • [+ object + for + object] to identify wrongly as something or someone else:I mistook her for the mayor.
  • [+ object] to understand or judge wrongly:I must have mistaken the date.
  • idiom
    1. by mistake, accidentally:set off the alarm by mistake.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    mistake /mɪˈsteɪk/ n
    1. an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
    2. a misconception or misunderstanding
    vb ( -takes, -taking, -took, -taken)
    1. (transitive) to misunderstand; misinterpret: she mistook his meaning
    2. (transitive) followed by for: to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with): she mistook his direct manner for honesty
    3. (transitive) to choose badly or incorrectly: he mistook his path
    4. (intransitive) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
    Etymology: 13th Century (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously

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