Definition of 'err'

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Synonyms of "err"
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Example sentences containing 'err'

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My investment trust picks err on the side of caution. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Inevitably, banks and solicitors will err on the side of caution and decline to proceed with transactions. Times, Sunday Times (2016)So should we err that character may abound? Christianity Today (2000)Our approach has to be right and we may have to err on the side of caution. The Sun (2015)We have erred and strayed like lost sheep. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Officials erred on the side of caution. Patrick Bishop FIGHTER BOYS: Saving Britain 1940 (2003)The costs judge had erred in finding that the case had proceeded to trial. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Is she claiming that the judge erred in law? Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is much worse to err on the side of obscurity than on the side of giving too much information. Porush, David A Short Guide to Writing About Science (1995)The judge erred in that respect. Times, Sunday Times (2010)If there is any doubt, we should err on the side of caution. The Sun (2006)The judge erred in applying the ten-year period. Times, Sunday Times (2006)But in general they err on the side of caution, shutting themselves away from the troubled world. John Garth TOLKIEN AND THE GREAT WAR: The Threshold of Middle-earth (2003)If they err on one side they face empty places and the loss of 9,000 in fees for each. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The points which should then have been made could not be advanced on a section 36 reference because the judge had not erred. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But I err on the side of caution. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Where there was the slightest doubt - as there usually is - the referees erred on the side of caution. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The feeling within Old Trafford since is that they may have erred by not following up their interest with a firm bid. Times, Sunday Times (2011)By the way, the government in Britain appears to err on the side of caution when it comes to recommending minimum daily intake of vitamins. Hunter, Carol The Vitamin Fact Finder (1987)The judge had erred in holding that the tenant's mental impairment did not have a substantial adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Times, Sunday Times (2007)But they are usually slightly different; I tended to err on the side of scepticism at the naturally enthusiastic claims of aircraft shot down. Admiral Sandy Woodward, With Patrick Robinson ONE HUNDRED DAYS (2003)


Synonyms of 'err'

make a mistake, mistake, go wrong, blunder

Trends of 'err'

Used Occasionally. err is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

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Translations for 'err'

British English: err VERB
If you err, you make a mistake.
It criticizes the main contractor for seriously erring in its original estimates.
  • American English: err
  • Brazilian Portuguese: errar
  • Chinese: 犯错
  • European Spanish: errar
  • French: se tromper
  • German: sich irren
  • Italian: errare
  • Japanese: 誤る
  • Korean: 실수하다
  • European Portuguese: errar
  • Spanish: errar


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