Variant of mistake
transitive verb mistook, mistaken or Obsoletemistook, mistaking
- to understand or perceive wrongly; interpret or judge incorrectly: mistake someone's motives
- to take (someone or something) to be another; recognize or identify incorrectly: to mistake one twin for the other
Origin: Middle English mistaken ; from Old Norse mistaka, to take wrongly: see mis- and amp; take
to make a mistake
- a fault in understanding, perception, interpretation, etc.
- an idea, answer, act, etc. that is wrong; error