- The definition of mistaken is someone or something that is wrong, misguided or based on faulty or incorrect information.
If you believe that the color of your new dress is yellow and it is really blue, this is an example of when you are mistaken.
- wrong; having an incorrect understanding, perception, etc.: said of persons
- incorrect; misunderstood; erroneous: said of ideas, etc.
- Wrong or incorrect in opinion, understanding, or perception.
- Based on error; wrong: a mistaken view of the situation.
- Past participle of mistake
- I'm frequently mistaken for my brother.
(comparative more mistaken, superlative most mistaken)
- The phrase if I'm not mistaken (variations) is used to indicate that one is uncertain about something one has said.
- Nouns to which mistaken is often applied: identity, belief, notion, view, assumption, impression, idea, thinking, identification, diagnosis, interpretation, person, opinion, conclusion, judgment, conception, perception, theory, reading, concept.
Variant of mistake
transitive verbmistook, 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 of mistakeMiddle English mistaken ; from Old Norse mistaka, to take wrongly: see mis- and amp; take
- a fault in understanding, perception, interpretation, etc.
- an idea, answer, act, etc. that is wrong; error
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