an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else:
I mistook him for the mayor.
to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
to be in error.
and no mistake, for certain; surely:
He’s an honorable person, and no mistake.
Make no mistake, this is a regime that is deathly afraid of its population.
Iran’s Revolutionaries Are Winning Reza Aslan June 8, 2010
He was not very funny, for starters, which while not a crime is a mistake for someone whose profession is making with the laughs.
Conan Vs. Jay Choire Sicha May 1, 2010
When I was in my mid-twenties, I made a mistake that seems unimaginable to me now.
The Progressive White Guy’s Guide to Privilege Andy Hinds September 5, 2014
A French Embassy employee tearfully admitted that “brothers at the intelligence ministry made me understand my mistake.”
Iran’s Chilling Show Trials Gary Sick August 13, 2009
Brutality must be rejected as a “mistake,” but simultaneously preserved as a possible policy option.
John Brennan’s Tortured Defense of the CIA’s Torture Program Shane Harris December 10, 2014
“I trust that there can be no mistake upon that point, at least,” replied he.
The Martins Of Cro’ Martin, Vol. I (of II) Charles James Lever
Without reasons I was sure of, you know, so there could be no chance of any mistake.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
I was sure there must be some mistake on your part, that you had confounded him with some other person.
Monte-Cristo’s Daughter Edmund Flagg
“Nothing, only you locked the door by mistake,” said Ben, coolly.
Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
“But it is a mistake,” cried Don Cornelio, rubbing the cold sweat from his forehead.
The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
a misconception or misunderstanding
verb -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
(transitive) to misunderstand; misinterpret: she mistook his meaning
(transitive) foll by for. to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with): she mistook his direct manner for honesty
(transitive) to choose badly or incorrectly: he mistook his path
(intransitive) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
early 14c., “to commit an offense;” late 14c., “to misunderstand, misinterpret,” from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mistaka “take in error, miscarry”), from mis- “wrongly” (see mis- (1)) + taka “take” (see take (v.)). Related: Mistook; mistaking.
1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning “unintended pregnancy” is from 1957.
In addition to the idiom beginning with
make no mistake
(used to imply that either or both of the things mentioned may be affected or involved): insurance covering fire and/or wind damage. Contemporary Examples In the interest of avoiding duplicates, we selected one for each based on factors including popularity and/or campaign activity. The Social-Media Primary October 15, 2011 On the other hand, when you […]
- And one
interjection, adverb Examples maybe fr one-and-one adverb Getting fouled while shooting the ball into the basket, qualifying for a free throw (Basketball)
- And so forth
(used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses) along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides; also; moreover: pens and pencils. added to; plus: 2 and 2 are 4. then: He read for an hour and went to bed. also, at the same time: to sleep and dream. then again; repeatedly: […]
anda abbreviated new drug application Contemporary Examples The anda offered a lucrative reward for the company that risked almost certain litigation by first challenging a patent. Those Generic Drugs May Not Have Been What You Thought They Were Megan McArdle May 16, 2013 Historical Examples Villacorta was certainly the senior magistrate, and thus he had […]