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1 a wrong judgment
  • they made a mistake when they thought the young pitcher was ready to be called up to the major leagues

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2 an unintentional departure from truth or accuracy
  • made a mistake on the exam that almost cost her a passing grade

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Synonyms & Antonyms of mistake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to fail to understand the true or actual meaning of
  • the auctioneer mistook my nod for a bid, and I ended up buying a painting I don't even like

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2 to make an incorrect judgment regarding
  • you seriously mistake me if you think I scare so easily

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3 to fail to differentiate (a thing) from something similar or related
  • she mistook physical attraction for love

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error, mistake, blunder, slip, lapse mean a departure from what is true, right, or proper. error suggests the existence of a standard or guide and a straying from the right course through failure to make effective use of this. procedural errors mistake implies misconception or inadvertence and usually expresses less criticism than error. dialed the wrong number by mistake blunder regularly imputes stupidity or ignorance as a cause and connotes some degree of blame. diplomatic blunders slip stresses inadvertence or accident and applies especially to trivial but embarrassing mistakes. a slip of the tongue lapse stresses forgetfulness, weakness, or inattention as a cause. a lapse in judgment

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The first known use of mistake was in the 14th century

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“Mistake.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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