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  • v. Present participle of mistake.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An error; a mistake.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An error; a mistake.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. putting the wrong interpretation on

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Examples

  • Holmes may surely be excused in mistaking that narration of earlier events for Watson's work rather than the work of Sir Arthur, Watson's editor, of whom Holmes was ignorant.

    A three pipe problem

  • The new singers don't necessarily all sound alike, but they tend to resemble one another in mistaking vocal calisthenics for improvisation.

    The Singing Epidemic

  • I seek no explanation, for I have no doubt; but in mistaking me, Miss Anville injures herself: allow me therefore, frankly and openly, to tell you the intention of my visit.

    Evelina: or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance Into the World

  • The great fault and folly of the Jews, in mistaking the design of the law, and abusing it to a very different purpose from that which God intended in the giving of it; for they expected to be justified by the works of it, whereas it was never designed to be the rule of their justification, but only a means of convincing them of their guilt and of their need of a Saviour, and of directing them to Christ, and faith in him, as the only way of obtaining this privilege.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes.

    Piers Throws Benny Under the Bus

  • Speaking of time warps, the show did a good job of getting viewers -- especially those who recall his mistaking daughter Betty for his late wife -- to think that something bad is going to happen between little Sally Draper and Grandpa Gene in this episode.

    William Bradley: Mad Men: "My Old Kentucky Home" -- HuffPost Review

  • But in designating them as the enemy, we fall into the trap about which we have already warned, namely mistaking symptoms for causes.

    Printing: The New World Order, Verichip and the Microchip Agenda

  • There is doubtless room for many interpretations here, but I personally feel that Caillois would have approved of your perspective in this paper in all respects excepts one - namely your mistaking his initial framing conditions with his conclusions.

    Game as Cultural Form, Play as Disposition

  • I have opinions, but I don't recall mistaking them for the "truth."

    To slp and an Iraq thought

  • Negative aspects do creep in with them both (as Arthur C. Clarke implies with the phrase) but that is partly from what RAW calls mistaking the map for the territory so rather than a means to an end it becomes the end and accrues all sorts of negative aspects (especially as people use the mechanisms for their own benefit).

    Posthuman Blues

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