Definition of Mistake

1. Noun. A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention. "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

2. Verb. Identify incorrectly. "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
Exact synonyms: Misidentify
Generic synonyms: Identify
Specialized synonyms: Confound, Confuse
Derivative terms: Mistaking

3. Noun. An understanding of something that is not correct. "There must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister"
Exact synonyms: Misapprehension, Misunderstanding
Generic synonyms: Misconception
Derivative terms: Misapprehend, Misunderstand

4. Verb. To make a mistake or be incorrect.
Exact synonyms: Err, Slip
Specialized synonyms: Misremember, Slip Up, Stumble, Trip Up, Misjudge, Fall For
Derivative terms: Errancy, Error, Error, Slip
Also: Slip Up

5. Noun. Part of a statement that is not correct. "The book was full of errors"
Exact synonyms: Error
Generic synonyms: Misstatement
Specialized synonyms: Corrigendum, Erratum, Literal, Literal Error, Misprint, Typo, Typographical Error

Definition of Mistake

1. v. t. To take or choose wrongly.

2. v. i. To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error.

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

Definition of Mistake

1. Noun. An error; a blunder. ¹

2. Noun. (baseball) A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To make an error, to do something in a wrong way. ¹

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Definition of Mistake

1. to interpret wrongly [v -TOOK or -TEUK, -TAKEN, -TAKING, -TAKES]

Medical Definition of Mistake

1. To make or form amiss; to spoil in making. "Limping possibilities of mismade human nature." 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." (Tillotson) 2. 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. Synonym: Blunder, error, bull. See Blunder. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mistake

mist over
mistake (current term)
mistaken identity

Literary usage of Mistake

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1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1844)
"In proceedings upon oath, where there is a clear mistake, an answer has, ... ALTERATION in a Commission of Bankruptcy upon mistake permitted, before it has ..."

2. Principles of Contract at Law and in Equity: Being a Treatise on the General by Frederick Pollock (1878)
"Where mistake is such as to exclude real consent, and so— 1. As not avoid the contract but—prevent the formation of a contract, ^°eu m^ there the seeming ..."

3. A Treatise on the Power and Duty of an Arbitrator, and the Law of by Francis Russell (1878)
"8. Award by mistake not the mind of the arbitrator. Admitted mistake. ... When a gross mistake has been made by an arbitrator, as when one sum has been put ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Lahela (I Par., v, 26), a mistake for "to Hala", a region of Assyria. Lais. See DAN. ... 2 (Acts, xxvii, 5), in some MSS., a mistake for Myra in Lycia. ..."

5. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1898)
"It is a mistake not to have sufficient help to push your tree planting right along ... It is a mistake to purchase your trees for that commercial or home ..."

6. American Law and Procedure by James Parker Hall, James De Witt Andrews (1910)
"Reformation of deeds or leases executed by mistake. ... Suppose now, owing to a mutual mistake of fact, the written contract fails to correspond to the oral ..."

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