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err

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verb \ˈer, ˈər\

Simple Definition of err

  • : to make a mistake

Full Definition of err

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  stray

  3. 2 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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