verb \ˈer, ˈər\

: to make a mistake

Full Definition of ERR

intransitive verb
archaic :  stray
a :  to make a mistake <erred in his calculations> <erred on the side of caution>
b :  to violate an accepted standard of conduct

Examples of ERR

  1. I may have erred in my calculations.
  2. The court erred in refusing to allow bail.

Origin of ERR

Middle English, from Anglo-French errer, from Latin errare to wander, err; akin to Old English ierre wandering, perverse, Gothic airzeis deceived
First Known Use: 14th century


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