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Meaning of MISTAKE

Pronunciation:  mi'steyk

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
  2. [n]  an understanding of something that is not correct; "he wasn't going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about his intentions"; "there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister"
  3. [n]  part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full of errors"
  4. [v]  to make a mistake or be incorrect
  5. [v]  identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
  6. [v]  mistake one thing for another; "you are confusing me with the other candidate"; "I mistook her for the secretary"

MISTAKE is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: confound, confuse, err, error, error, fault, misapprehension, misidentify, misunderstanding, slip
 See Also: balls-up, ballup, betise, bloomer, blooper, blot, blunder, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, cockup, confusion, construe, corrigendum, distortion, erratum, fall for, flub, folly, foolishness, foul-up, fuckup, identify, imbecility, incursion, interpret, lapse, literal, literal error, mess-up, miscalculation, misconception, miscue, misestimation, misjudge, misprint, misreckoning, misremember, misstatement, mix-up, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, omission, oversight, parapraxis, renege, revoke, see, skip, slip, slip up, slip-up, smear, smirch, spot, stain, stumble, stupidity, trip up, typo, typographical error



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mis*take"\, v. t.
    To make or form amiss; to spoil in making. ``Limping
    possibilities of mismade human nature.'' --Mrs. Browning.
  2. \Mis*take"\, v. t. [imp. & obs. p. p. {Mistook}; p. p.
    {Mistaken}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mistaking}.] [Pref. mis- + take:
    cf. Icel. mistaka.]
    1. To take or choose wrongly. [Obs. or R.] --Shak.
    2. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend,
       or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's
       meaning. --Locke.
             My father's purposes have been mistook. --Shak.
    3. To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one
       person for another.
             A man may mistake the love of virtue for the
             practice of it.                       --Johnson.
    4. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character,
       qualities, etc.; to misjudge.
             Mistake me not so much, To think my poverty is
             treacherous.                          --Shak.
  3. \Mis*take"\, v. i.
    To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to
    commit an unintentional error.
          Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion
          misunderstanding among friends.          --Swift.
  4. \Mis*take"\, n.
    1. An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a
       misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an
       unintentional error of conduct.
             Infallibility is an absolute security of the
             understanding from all possibility of mistake.
    2. (Law) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may
       be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to
       perform it.
    {No mistake}, surely; without fail; as, it will happen at the
       appointed time, and no mistake. [Low]
    Syn: Blunder; error; bull. See {Blunder}.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you make a mistake indicates that you are doubting yourself in the choices and decisions you have made.
Thesaurus Terms
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