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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
mis•take /mɪˈsteɪk/USA pronunciation
n., v., -took, -tak•en, -tak•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- an error in action or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, etc.:too many mistakes in grammar.
- to identify wrongly as something or someone else[~ + object + for + object]I mistook her for the mayor.
- to understand or judge wrongly[~ + object]I must have mistaken the date.
- by mistake, accidentally:set off the alarm by mistake.
(mi stāk′), n., v., -took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.
- 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;
- to be in error.
1 . 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 . misconceive, misjudge, err.
2 . understanding.
- Old Norse mistaka to take in error. See mis-1, take
- Middle English mistaken (verb, verbal) 1300–30
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mistake /mɪˈsteɪk/ n
vb ( -takes, -taking, -took, -taken)
- an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
- a misconception or misunderstanding
Etymology: 13th Century (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously
- (transitive) to misunderstand; misinterpret: she mistook his meaning
- (transitive) followed by for: to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with): she mistook his direct manner for honesty
- (transitive) to choose badly or incorrectly: he mistook his path
- (intransitive) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
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