verb \mə-ˈstāk\

: to understand (something or someone) incorrectly

: to make a wrong judgment about (something)

: to identify (someone or something) incorrectly

mis·took \-ˈstk\ mis·tak·en \-ˈstā-kən\ mis·tak·ing

Full Definition of MISTAKE

transitive verb
:  to blunder in the choice of <mistook her way in the dark>
a :  to misunderstand the meaning or intention of :  misinterpret <don't mistake me, I mean exactly what I said>
b :  to make a wrong judgment of the character or ability of
:  to identify wrongly :  confuse with another <I mistook him for his brother>
intransitive verb
:  to be wrong <you mistook when you thought I laughed at you — Thomas Hardy>
mis·tak·en·ly adverb
mis·tak·er noun

Examples of MISTAKE

  1. <the auctioneer mistook my nod for a bid, and I ended up buying a painting I don't even like>
  2. <you seriously mistake me if you think I scare so easily>

Origin of MISTAKE

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century



: something that is not correct : a wrong action, statement, or judgment

Full Definition of MISTAKE

:  a wrong judgment :  misunderstanding
:  a wrong action or statement proceeding from faulty judgment, inadequate knowledge, or inattention

Examples of MISTAKE

  1. It would be a mistake to assume that we can rely on their help.
  2. There must be some mistake.
  3. The manuscript contains numerous spelling mistakes.
  4. There's a mistake in the schedule.
  5. When does the movie start? At 8:00. No, wait—my mistake—it starts at 8:30.

First Known Use of MISTAKE



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