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Definition of "mistake" []

  • An error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness. (noun)
  • A misconception or misunderstanding. (noun)
  • To understand wrongly; misinterpret: mistook my politeness for friendliness. (verb-transitive)
  • To recognize or identify incorrectly: He mistook her for her sister. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a mistake; err. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "mistake" in a sentence
  • "With regard to the _designed mistake_, my defence is that no mistake was made by me either _designed_ or _not designed_."
  • "In Gibbon v Mitchell (1990) 1 WLR 1304, Millett J reviewed many of the older authorities on mistake and held that for a person to set aside a voluntary transaction (such as the creation of a settlement) on the basis of ­mistake, that mistake had to refer to the effect of the transaction in question rather than its consequences."
  • "Their main mistake is to expect the people around them not just to like them, but to be like them, to display the same easy American manners, the same loving indulgence, despite the aching resentments of the war, the grinding poverty of life in Europe, and the inequalities in their situations as hosts and guests."