What does mistake mean?

Definitions for mistake
mɪˈsteɪkmis·take

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mistake.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistake, error, faultnoun

    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, misapprehensionnoun

    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, mistakeverb

    part of a statement that is not correct

    "the book was full of errors"

  4. mistake, misidentifyverb

    identify incorrectly

    "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"

  5. err, mistake, slipverb

    to make a mistake or be incorrect

Wiktionary

  1. mistakenoun

    An error; a blunder.

  2. mistakenoun

    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. mistakeverb

    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. mistakeverb

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

  5. Etymology: from mistaka

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mistakenoun

    Misconception; error.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He never shall find out fit mate; but such
    As some misfortune brings him, or mistake. John Milton.

    Infallibility is an absolute security of the understanding from all possibility of mistake in what it believes. John Tillotson.

    Those terrors are not to be charged upon religion, which proceed either from the want of religion, or superstitious mistakes about it. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

  2. To Mistakeverb

    To conceive wrong; to take something for that which it is not.

    Etymology: mis and take.

    The towns, neither of the one side nor the other, willingly opening their gates to strangers, nor strangers willingly entering for fear of being mistaken. Philip Sidney.

    These did truly apprehend a great affinity between their practice of invocation of saints and the heathen idolatry, or else there was no danger one should be mistaken for the other. Edward Stillingfleet.

    This if neglected will make the reader very much mistake, and misunderstand his meaning, and render the sense very perplexed. John Locke.

    Fancy passes for knowledge, and what is prettily said is mistaken for solid. John Locke.

    Fools into the notion fall,
    That vice or virtue there is none at all:
    Ask your own heart, and nothing is so plain,
    ’Tis to mistake them costs the time and pain. Alexander Pope.

  3. To Mistakeverb

    To err; not to judge right.

    Seeing God found folly in his angels; mens judgments, which inhabit these houses of clay, cannot be without their mistakings. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    Seldom any one mistakes in his names of simple ideas, or applies the name red to the idea green. John Locke.

    Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion misunderstanding, among friends. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mistakeverb

    to make or form amiss; to spoil in making

  2. Mistakeverb

    to take or choose wrongly

  3. Mistakeverb

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

  4. Mistakeverb

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

  5. Mistakeverb

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

  6. Mistakeverb

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

  7. Mistakenoun

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

  8. Mistakenoun

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

  9. Etymology: [Pref. mis- + take: cf. Icel. mistaka.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mistake

    mis-tāk′, v.t. to understand wrongly: to take one thing or person for another.—v.i. to err in opinion or judgment.—n. a taking or understanding wrongly: an error.—adjs. Mistak′able; Mistak′en, understood wrongly: guilty of a mistake: erroneous: incorrect.—adv. Mistak′enly.—n. Mistak′ing (Shak.), a mistake.—And no mistake (coll.), without any manner of doubt: without fail; Be mistaken, to make or have made a mistake: to be misunderstood. [M. E. mistaken—Ice. mistaka, to take wrongly—mis-, wrongly, taka, to take.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mistake in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mistake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of mistake in a Sentence

  1. Rob Portman:

    If White House decides to go ahead with the reconciliation approach, which is a way to get around working with Republicans, I think that would be not just a big mistake at this stage at the start of this administration, but irresponsible given what's happened with the Covid-19 package, we're willing to work with White House officials, and we said that on Sunday. We're willing to sit down and work out again, a proposal that is bipartisan that can be passed by both chambers that helps to expand on what we just passed.

  2. Joy Behar:

    People are slamming this as fake news, I think it’s a mistake, i will say that fake news and what we did on Friday, that’s what I was being accused of being a part of. I don’t want to sit on a show where I feel like we’re giving fake news or acting irresponsibly.

  3. State John Kerry:

    We have not yet reached the finish line but make no mistake we have the opportunity to try to get this right.

  4. Donald Trump:

    I'm doing deals and I'm not being accommodated by the Fed, they're making a mistake because I have a gut and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else's brain can ever tell me.

  5. Ilan Solot:

    This is brinkmanship. In the end, everybody will probably be sensible but there's a risk of a policy mistake. Part of the problem is both sides feel emboldened, greece is in a better economic situation than it was before ... and the government has a strong mandate from the people to change. But the EU is emboldened too because there are a lot more backstops than before, the ESM is in place, and you can see the contagion is so much smaller. Spanish and Italian yields hardly moved in this crisis.

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Translations for mistake

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  • اساء الفهم, غلطة, خطأ, أخطأArabic
  • xəta, yanlış, səhvAzerbaijani
  • хатаBashkir
  • памылкаBelarusian
  • грешкаBulgarian
  • ནོར་འཁྲུལTibetan Standard
  • chyba, zaměnitCzech
  • misforstå, fejlDanish
  • Fehler, verwechselnGerman
  • λάθος, κάνω λάθος, σφάλμα, σφάλλωGreek
  • eraro, malinterpretiEsperanto
  • error, entender mal, equivocaciónSpanish
  • vigaEstonian
  • اشتباهPersian
  • kämmi, moka, virhe, fibaFinnish
  • mistak, villaFaroese
  • se tromper, faute, faire erreur, erreur, confondre, méprendreFrench
  • botún, déan dearmad, déan earráidIrish
  • טעות, שגיאה, שגגהHebrew
  • ग़लती, चूक, ग़लत करना, ग़लत फ़हमी, ग़लत समझना, भूलHindi
  • hiba, félreértHungarian
  • սխալվել, շփոթել, սխալ, խառնելArmenian
  • errorInterlingua
  • kesalahanIndonesian
  • eroro, miskonocarIdo
  • errore, sbagliare, fraintendere, confondere, sbaglioItalian
  • טעותHebrew
  • 間違い, 錯誤, 誤り, 過ち, ミス, エラーJapanese
  • შეცდომაGeorgian
  • ច្រឡំ, កំហុសKhmer
  • 錯覺, 착각, 오해하다, 실수하다, 잘못Korean
  • غه‌له‌ت, به‌غه‌له‌ت, غه‌له‌ت کردنKurdish
  • fallor, fallo, erro, error, erratLatin
  • klaidaLithuanian
  • kļūdaLatvian
  • грешкаMacedonian
  • चूकMarathi
  • feilNorwegian
  • onjuistheid, blunder, misverstaan, misverstand, in de fout gaan, verwisselen, fout, een fout maken, vergissingDutch
  • ta feil, tabbe, misforstå, feilNorwegian
  • pomyłka, pomylić, błąd, pomylić sięPolish
  • erro, confundir-se, engano, enganar-se, equivocar-se, errar, equívocoPortuguese
  • greșeală, greși, eroareRomanian
  • ошибка, ошибиться, ошибаться, приниматьRussian
  • अशुद्धि, त्रुटिSanskrit
  • погрјешка, pogreška, pogrijéšiti, грешка, grješka, грјешка, greška, pogrješkaSerbo-Croatian
  • chybaSlovak
  • zmota, napakaSlovene
  • begå, fel, missta, missförstå, miss, misstagSwedish
  • kosaSwahili
  • பிழை, தவறுTamil
  • పొరపాటు, తప్పుTelugu
  • иштибоҳTajik
  • ข้อผิดพลาด, ความผิดพลาด, ผิดพลาดThai
  • hata yapmak, yanlış yapmak, hata, yanlış anlamak, yanlış, hata etmekTurkish
  • помилкаUkrainian
  • غلط, غلط سمجھنا, غلطی, غلط فہمی, بھول, غلط کرناUrdu
  • nhầm lẫn, lỗi, sai lầmVietnamese
  • גרייַזYiddish
  • 错误Chinese

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