Err meaning

ĕr, ûr
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To err is defined as to make a mistake or to do something wrong.

When you add 2+2 and get 5, this is an example of a situation where you err.

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To deviate from the established moral code; do wrong.
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(obs.) To go astray; wander.
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(intransitive) To make a mistake.

He erred in his calculations, and made many mistakes.

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(archaic) To stray.
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To make an error or misjudgment.

I erred in turning onto the dead-end street.

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To commit an act that is wrong; do wrong.
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(archaic) To stray.
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To be wrong or mistaken; fall into error.
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(intransitive) To sin.
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(law) Abbreviation of errors.
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Origin of err

  • Middle English erren from Old French errer from Latin errāre to wander ers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English erren, from Old French errer (“to wander, err, mistake”), from Latin errō (“wander, stray, err, mistake”, verb), from Proto-Indo-European *ares- (“to be angry, lose one's temper”). Cognate with Old English eorre, ierre (“anger, wrath, ire”), Old English iersian (“to be angry with, rage, irritate, provoke”), Old English ierre (“wandering, gone astray, confused”).

    From Wiktionary