- The definition of a mistake is an error or misunderstanding.
An example of mistake is adding 25 and 32 and getting 51.
- Mistake is defined as to misinterpret or to confuse someone with another person.
An example of mistake is for a person to think he sees his brother, when it is actually a stranger.
transitive verb-·took′, -·tak′en or Obs.-·took′, -·tak′ing
- 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 of mistakeMiddle English mistaken from Old Norse mistaka, to take wrongly: see mis- and take
- a fault in understanding, perception, interpretation, etc.
- an idea, answer, act, etc. that is wrong; error
and no mistake
- An error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness.
- A misconception or misunderstanding.
verbmis·took, mis·tak·en, mis·tak·ing, mis·takes
- To understand wrongly; misinterpret: mistook my politeness for friendliness.
- To recognize or identify incorrectly: He mistook her for her sister.
Origin of mistakeFrom Middle English mistaken to misunderstand from Old Norse mistaka to take in error mis- wrongly ; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots. taka to take
- Usually make a mistake. See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
(third-person singular simple present mistakes, present participle mistaking, simple past mistook, past participle mistaken)
Middle English, from Old Norse mistaka (“to take in error, to miscarry")
mistake - Legal Definition