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mistake (mɪˈsteɪk Pronunciation for mistake

Definitions

noun

  1. an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
  2. a misconception or misunderstanding

verb

-takes, -taking, -took, -taken
  1. (transitive) to misunderstand; misinterpret   ⇒ she mistook his meaning
  2. (transitive) foll by for to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with)   ⇒ she mistook his direct manner for honesty
  3. (transitive) to choose badly or incorrectly   ⇒ he mistook his path
  4. (intransitive) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc

Derived Forms

misˈtaker noun

Word Origin

C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously

Synonyms

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= error, blunder, oversight, slip, misunderstanding, boob, misconception, gaffe, slip-up, bloomer, clanger, miscalculation, error of judgment, faux pas, false move, boo-boo, barry or Barry Crocker, misstep
= oversight, error, slip, inaccuracy, fault, slip-up, howler, goof, solecism, erratum, barry or Barry Crocker

Quotations including 'mistake'

  • "We are built to make mistakes, coded for error" [Lewis Thomas
  • "The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything" [Edward John Phelps]

Translations for 'mistake'

  • British English: mistakePronunciation for mistake A mistake is something you do which you did not intend to do, or which produces a result that you do not want.She made the mistake of going against her doctor's advice.mɪˈsteɪk NOUN
  • Arabic: غَلَطٌPronunciation for غَلَطٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: erroPronunciation for erro
  • Chinese: 错误Pronunciation for 错误
  • Croatian: pogreškaPronunciation for pogreška
  • Czech: chybaPronunciation for chyba
  • Danish: fejlPronunciation for fejl
  • Dutch: foutPronunciation for fout
  • European Spanish: errorPronunciation for error
  • Finnish: virhePronunciation for virheerehdys
  • French: erreurPronunciation for erreur
  • German: FehlerPronunciation for Fehler Fehler
  • Greek: λάθοςPronunciation for λάθος
  • Italian: errorePronunciation for errore
  • Japanese: 間違いPronunciation for 間違い
  • Korean: 실수Pronunciation for 실수
  • Norwegian: feiltagelsePronunciation for feiltagelse
  • Polish: błądPronunciation for błąd
  • Portuguese: erroPronunciation for erro
  • Romanian: greșeală greșeli de tipar
  • Russian: ошибкаPronunciation for ошибка
  • Spanish: errorPronunciation for error
  • Swedish: misstagPronunciation for misstag
  • Thai: ความผิดพลาดPronunciation for ความผิดพลาด
  • Turkish: hataPronunciation for hata
  • Ukrainian: помилка
  • Vietnamese: lỗiPronunciation for lỗi
  • British English: mistakePronunciation for mistake If you mistake one person or thing for another, you wrongly think that they are the other person or thing.I mistook you for my brother.mɪˈsteɪk VERB
  • Arabic: يُخْطِأَ بَيْنَPronunciation for يُخْطِأَ بَيْنَ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: confundirPronunciation for confundir
  • Chinese: 弄错Pronunciation for 弄错
  • Croatian: zamijeniti sPronunciation for zamijeniti s
  • Czech: splést siPronunciation for splést si plést sikoho s kým
  • Danish: tage fejlPronunciation for tage fejl
  • Dutch: vergissen (zich)Pronunciation for vergissen (zich)
  • European Spanish: confundirPronunciation for confundir
  • Finnish: ymmärtää väärinPronunciation for ymmärtää väärin
  • French: se tromperPronunciation for se tromper
  • German: verwechselnPronunciation for verwechseln
  • Greek: παρανοώPronunciation for παρανοώ
  • Italian: confonderePronunciation for confondere
  • Japanese: 間違えるPronunciation for 間違える
  • Korean: 오인하다Pronunciation for 오인하다
  • Norwegian: ta feilPronunciation for ta feil
  • Polish: pomylićPronunciation for pomylić mylić
  • Portuguese: errarPronunciation for errar
  • Romanian: a confunda
  • Russian: ошибатьсяPronunciation for ошибаться
  • Spanish: confundirPronunciation for confundir
  • Swedish: missförståPronunciation for missförstå
  • Thai: ทำให้เข้าใจผิดPronunciation for ทำให้เข้าใจผิด
  • Turkish: hata yapmakPronunciation for hata yapmak
  • Ukrainian: помилятися помилитися
  • Vietnamese: nhầmPronunciation for nhầm

Example Sentences Including 'mistake'

Above us, on the roof, a couple of vultures were waiting for someone to make a mistake crossing the road.
Robert Wilson INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS (2002)
But they would like to have much smaller robotic spies that people would mistake for insects and ignore.
New Scientist (2003)
CONSTABLE I'm sorry, Madam, there seems to be a mistake.
Alexander Games (compiler) THE ESSENTIAL SPIKE MILLIGAN (2002)
How strange to think that a man's life could hinge on such a trivial mistake.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
No doubt there will be politicians who would welcome control but this would be a mistake.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Perhaps that's been my mistake... you know, being queer,' he said, grinning.
Robert Wilson BLOOD IS DIRT (2002)
Somebody called me to tell me and I just couldn't believe, kept telling the guy he had to have made a mistake.
Irish Times (2002)
The risible mistake of putting all one's eggs in one basket had been made.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Whether performing an outdoor concert in an Irish summer proves to be a mistake , time will tell.
Irish Times (2002)

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