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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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