mistake

mistake
[[t]mɪste͟ɪk[/t]]
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mistakes, mistaking, mistook, mistaken
1) N-COUNT: oft N of -ing, also by N If you make a mistake, you do something which you did not intend to do, or which produces a result that you do not want.

They made the big mistake of thinking they could seize its border with a relatively small force...

I think it's a serious mistake to confuse books with life...

Jonathan says it was his mistake...

There must be some mistake...

He has been arrested by mistake.

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2) N-COUNT A mistake is something or part of something which is incorrect or not right.

Her mother sighed and rubbed out another mistake in the crossword puzzle...

Spelling mistakes are often just the result of haste.

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3) VERB If you mistake one person or thing for another, you wrongly think that they are the other person or thing.

[V n for n] I mistook you for Carlos...

[V n for n] When hay fever first occurs it is often mistaken for a summer cold.

4) VERB If you mistake something, you fail to recognize or understand it.

[V n] The government completely mistook the feeling of the country...

[V wh] No one should mistake how serious the issue is.

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5) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n (emphasis) You can say there is no mistaking something when you are emphasizing that you cannot fail to recognize or understand it.

There's no mistaking the eastern flavour of the food...

There was no mistaking Magda's sincerity, or her pain.


English dictionary. 2008.

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