mis•take(mi stāk′),USA pronunciationn., v.,-took, -tak•en, -tak•ing. n.
an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
Idiomsand no mistake, for certain; surely:He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
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.
Old Norse mistaka to take in error. See mis-1, take
Middle English mistaken (verb, verbal) 1300–30
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inaccuracy, erratum, fault, oversight. 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.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged misconceive, misjudge, err.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged understanding.