AskDefine | Define mistake

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1 a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults" [syn: error, fault]
2 an understanding of something that is not correct; "he wasn't going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about his intentions"; "there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister" [syn: misunderstanding, misapprehension]
3 part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full of errors" [syn: error]


1 identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin sister" [syn: misidentify]
2 to make a mistake or be incorrect [syn: err, slip] [also: mistook, mistaken]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /mIs"teIk/
  • /mɪs'teɪk/
  • Rhymes: -eɪk


  1. To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another.
  2. To make an error, to do something in wrong way.


To understand wrongly (1)
To make an error (2)


  1. An error; a blunder.
  2. A fetus aborted on gender-selective grounds or a child who was born the unwanted gender, usually female. italbrac one boy and seven mistakes
  3. A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place


An error (1)

Related terms

Extensive Definition

A mistake is an error.
Mistake may also refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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