American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness.
- n. A misconception or misunderstanding.
- v. To understand wrongly; misinterpret: mistook my politeness for friendliness.
- v. To recognize or identify incorrectly: He mistook her for her sister.
- v. To make a mistake; err.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- l. To take wrongly; appropriate erroneously or through misapprehension.
- To take or choose erroneously; choose amiss, as between alternatives; regard (something) as other than it is: as, to mistake one's road or bearings; to mistake a fixed star for a planet.
- To take in a wrong sense; conceive or understand erroneously; misunderstand; misjudge: as, to mistake one's meaning or intentions.
- To make a mistake; be in error; be wrong; misapprehend.
- To take a wrong part; transgress.
- To err in advice, opinion, or judgment; be under a misapprehension or misconception; be unintentionally in error.
- n. An error in action, opinion, or judgment; especially, misconception, misapprehension, or misunderstanding; an erroneous view, act, or omission, arising from ignorance, confusion, misplaced confidence, etc.; a slip; a fault; an error; a blunder.
- n. In law, an erroneous mental conception that influences the will and leads to action. Pomeroy. It is usually considered that if neglect of a legal duty was the cause it deprives the error of the character of mistake in the legal sense. See
accident, 2 .
- n. Synonyms Error, Bull, etc. See blunder.
- n. An error; a blunder.
- n. 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
- v. transitive To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else.
- v. transitive To make an error, to do something in a wrong way.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Obs. or R. To take or choose wrongly.
- v. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive
- v. To substitute in thought or perception.
- v. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge.
- v. To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error.
- n. An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct.
- n. (Law) Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it.
- n. an understanding of something that is not correct
- n. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
- n. part of a statement that is not correct
- v. identify incorrectly
- v. to make a mistake or be incorrect
- Middle English, from Old Norse mistaka ("to take in error, to miscarry") (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English mistaken, to misunderstand, from Old Norse mistaka, to take in error : mis-, wrongly; + taka, to take. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“So to patronize me for my use of the term mistake is a mistake, also.”
“When he wound down a bit I said "the mistake is yours, not his".”
“Bernard Duroc-Danner , the company's chief executive, said there is "absolutely" no risk of a U.S. government investigation or of any tax penalties or fines related to what he characterized as a mistake in calculating the tax rates on dividends moved from one subsidiary to another.”
“But a mistake is a mistake, whatever direction it's pointed in.”
“As I said in previous posts, a mistake is an error in judgement due to poor reasoning.”
“Whether or not invading Iraq was a mistake is an entirely separate question from what to do now.”
“He says because of scandals like the Bernie Madoff case, securities firms are under so much scrutiny, they can't afford to let what he calls a mistake like Halloran's go unpunished -- Wolf.”
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