Mistake meaning

mĭ-stāk'
The definition of a mistake is an error or misunderstanding.

An example of mistake is adding 25 and 32 and getting 51.

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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.

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An error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness.
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To understand wrongly; misinterpret.

Mistook my politeness for friendliness.

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A mistake by only one party to a contract as to the underlying facts of the agreement, not generally a basis for avoiding the contract.
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A misconception or misunderstanding.
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To recognize or identify incorrectly.

He mistook her for her sister.

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To make a mistake; err.
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To understand or perceive wrongly; interpret or judge incorrectly.

Mistake someone's motives.

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To take (someone or something) to be another; recognize or identify incorrectly.

To mistake one twin for the other.

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To make a mistake.
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A fault in understanding, perception, interpretation, etc.
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An idea, answer, act, etc. that is wrong; error.
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In contract law, a factual misunderstanding that may lead to a failure of a meeting of the minds.
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Improper understanding of a fact that is material to a contract.
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Improper understanding of the law as applied to facts as to which a party has a correct and full understanding.
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A mistake in which each party has an incorrect understanding of the other’s position, or in which both parties share the same mistaken belief, generally a basis for canceling the contract.
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An error; a blunder.
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(baseball) A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place.
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To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else.

Sorry, I mistook you for my brother. You look very similar.

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(intransitive) To commit an unintentional error; to do or think something wrong.
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and no mistake
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of mistake

  • From Middle English mistaken to misunderstand from Old Norse mistaka to take in error mis- wrongly mei-1 in Indo-European roots taka to take
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English, from Old Norse mistaka (“to take in error, to miscarry")
    From Wiktionary