Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    she was quick to point out my errors
    I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults
  2. (noun, cognition) an understanding of something that is not correct
    make no mistake about his intentions
    there must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister
  3. (noun, communication) part of a statement that is not correct
  4. (verb, cognition) to make a mistake or be incorrect
  5. (verb, cognition) identify incorrectly

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Mistake

  1. early 14c., from O.N. mistaka "take in error, miscarry," from mis- "wrongly" (see mis- (1)) + taka "take." The noun is attested from 1630s. Related: Mistakenly. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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