Definitions for mistakemɪˈsteɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•take*mɪˈsteɪk(n.; v.)-took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.

  1. (n.)an error in action, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.

  2. a misunderstanding or misconception.

  3. (v.t.)to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else:

    I mistook her for the mayor.

  4. to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly.

  5. (v.i.)to be in error.

* Syn: mistake , error , blunder , slip refer to an inadvertent deviation from accuracy, correctness, truth, or right conduct. mistake refers to a wrong action, belief, or judgment; it may also suggest an incorrect understanding, perception, or interpretation: a mistake in arithmetic; It was a mistake to trust them.error is similar in sense, but may mean a deviation from a moral standard: I finally saw the error of my ways.blunder suggests a careless, clumsy, or stupid mistake, often serious: a tactical blunder.slip refers to a small mistake in speech or writing, or to a minor indiscretion: I misspelled his name by a slip of the pen.

Origin of mistake:

1300–30; ME < ON mistaka to take in error. See mis -1, take


Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistake, error, fault(noun)

    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. mistake, misunderstanding, misapprehension(noun)

    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. error, mistake(verb)

    part of a statement that is not correct

    "the book was full of errors"

  4. mistake, misidentify(verb)

    identify incorrectly

    "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"

  5. err, mistake, slip(verb)

    to make a mistake or be incorrect

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mistake(noun)ɪˈsteɪk

    sth that has been done incorrectly; = error

    to correct/fix a mistake; mistakes in spelling

  2. mistakeɪˈsteɪk

    an action or choice that you later wish you had not done or made

    It was a big mistake to quit school.; She made the mistake of criticizing my parents.

  3. mistakeɪˈsteɪk

    without intending to; = by accident

    I sent the email to my boss by mistake.

  4. mistake(verb)ɪˈsteɪk

    to think that one person or thing is another

    He mistook me for my brother.


  1. mistake(Noun)

    An error; a blunder.

  2. mistake(Noun)

    A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place

  3. mistake(Verb)

    To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else.

    Sorry, I mistook you for my brother. You look very similar.

  4. mistake(Verb)

    To make an error, to do something in a wrong way.

  5. Origin: from mistaka

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mistake(verb)

    to make or form amiss; to spoil in making

  2. Mistake(verb)

    to take or choose wrongly

  3. Mistake(verb)

    to take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's meaning

  4. Mistake(verb)

    to substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one person for another

  5. Mistake(verb)

    to have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge

  6. Mistake(verb)

    to err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error

  7. Mistake(noun)

    an apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct

  8. Mistake(noun)

    misconception, error, which when non-negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it


  1. Mistake

    "Mistake" is a pop rock song by Stephanie McIntosh. It was released as the first single from her debut album Tightrope on 29 July 2006. "Mistake" was written by Tom Nichols and Rami Yacoub and Arnthor Birgisson and produced by the team at Maratone and Mixed by Niklas Flycht. The original title for "Mistake" was "Another Mistake". "Mistake" was released as the debut single from Tightrope in the UK and Ireland, where it was released on 25 June 2007 with McIntosh promoting the album there in June 2007. In its first week on the chart, "Mistake" entered the UK Singles Chart at #168, on downloads alone. Then after its physical release, it jumped 121 places to #47. It is her strongest single in and outside of Australia to date, although it didn't reach the top 40 anywhere outside Australia. "Mistake" is featured on the Australian version of the Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack. "Mistake" was also briefly used in two scenes in the Australian comedy show Summer Heights High.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mistake' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2849

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mistake' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2026

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mistake' in Nouns Frequency: #879

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mistake' in Verbs Frequency: #1031

Translations for mistake

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with for ) to think that (one person or thing) is another

I mistook you for my brother in this bad light.

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