err


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err

be mistaken or incorrect; to go astray morally; sin; transgress: To err is human.
Not to be confused with:
air – the atmosphere: The air is fresher in the mountains.; expose: air grievances; a tune: She hummed an air.
heir – one who inherits an estate: Her nephew is her only heir.

err

 (ĕr, ûr)
intr.v. erred, err·ing, errs
1. To make an error or misjudgment: I erred in turning onto the dead-end street.
2. To commit an act that is wrong; do wrong.
3. Archaic To stray.

[Middle English erren, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre, to wander; see ers- in Indo-European roots.]

err

(ɜː)
vb (intr)
1. to make a mistake; be incorrect
2. to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
3. to act with bias, esp favourable bias: to err on the side of justice.
[C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre]

err

(ɜr, ɛr)

v.i.
1. to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken or incorrect.
2. to go astray morally; sin.
3. Archaic. to deviate from the true course or purpose.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French errer < Latin errāre; akin to Old High German irrōn, Gothic airzjan]
err`a•bil′i•ty, n.
err′a•ble, adj.

err


Past participle: erred
Gerund: erring

Imperative
err
err
Present
I err
you err
he/she/it errs
we err
you err
they err
Preterite
I erred
you erred
he/she/it erred
we erred
you erred
they erred
Present Continuous
I am erring
you are erring
he/she/it is erring
we are erring
you are erring
they are erring
Present Perfect
I have erred
you have erred
he/she/it has erred
we have erred
you have erred
they have erred
Past Continuous
I was erring
you were erring
he/she/it was erring
we were erring
you were erring
they were erring
Past Perfect
I had erred
you had erred
he/she/it had erred
we had erred
you had erred
they had erred
Future
I will err
you will err
he/she/it will err
we will err
you will err
they will err
Future Perfect
I will have erred
you will have erred
he/she/it will have erred
we will have erred
you will have erred
they will have erred
Future Continuous
I will be erring
you will be erring
he/she/it will be erring
we will be erring
you will be erring
they will be erring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been erring
you have been erring
he/she/it has been erring
we have been erring
you have been erring
they have been erring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been erring
you will have been erring
he/she/it will have been erring
we will have been erring
you will have been erring
they will have been erring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been erring
you had been erring
he/she/it had been erring
we had been erring
you had been erring
they had been erring
Conditional
I would err
you would err
he/she/it would err
we would err
you would err
they would err
Past Conditional
I would have erred
you would have erred
he/she/it would have erred
we would have erred
you would have erred
they would have erred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.err - to make a mistake or be incorrecterr - to make a mistake or be incorrect  
misremember - remember incorrectly; "I misremembered the date"
slip up, trip up, stumble - make an error; "She slipped up and revealed the name"
misjudge - judge incorrectly
fall for - be deceived, duped, or entrapped by; "He fell for her charms"; "He fell for the con man's story"
2.err - wander from a direct course or at random; "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her"; "don't drift from the set course"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
rove, stray, roam, vagabond, wander, swan, ramble, range, drift, tramp, cast, roll - move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; "The gypsies roamed the woods"; "roving vagabonds"; "the wandering Jew"; "The cattle roam across the prairie"; "the laborers drift from one town to the next"; "They rolled from town to town"

err

verb
1. make a mistake, mistake, go wrong, blunder, slip up (informal), misjudge, be incorrect, be inaccurate, miscalculate, go astray, be in error, put your foot in it (informal), misapprehend, blot your copybook (informal), drop a brick or clanger (informal) The contractors seriously erred in their original estimates.
2. sin, fall, offend, lapse, trespass, do wrong, deviate, misbehave, go astray, transgress, be out of order, blot your copybook (informal) If he errs again, he will be severely punished.
Quotations
"To err is human, to forgive divine" [Alexander Pope An Essay on Criticism]

err

verb
1. To make an error or mistake:
2. To violate a moral or divine law:
3. Archaic. To turn away from a prescribed course of action or conduct:
Translations
يُخْطِئ
chybovatmýlit
begå fejlfejle
téved
skjátlast, hafa rangt fyrir sér
klystiklysti ką nors darant
kļūdīties
hata yapmakyanılmak

err

[ɜːʳ] VI (= be mistaken) → equivocarse; (= sin) → pecar
to err on the side of mercy/cautionpecar de piadoso/cauteloso
to err is humanerrar es de humanos, quien tiene boca se equivoca

err

[ˈɜːr] vi
(= make mistakes) → se tromper
to err is human → l'erreur est humaine
to err on the side of caution → pécher par excès de prudence
(= be unfaithful) [husband, lover] → commettre une faute

err

vi
(= be mistaken)sich irren; to err in one’s judgementin seinem Urteil fehlgehen, sich in seinem Urteil irren; to err is human(, to forgive divine) (Prov) → Irren ist menschlich(, Vergeben göttlich) (Prov); it is better to err on the side of cautionman sollte im Zweifelsfall lieber zu vorsichtig sein
(Rel, = stray) → abgehen, in die Irre gehen

err

[ɜːʳ] vi (be mistaken) → sbagliare, errare; (sin) → peccare
it is better to err on the side of caution → la prudenza non è mai troppa

err

(əː) verb
to make a mistake; to be wrong; to do wrong.
err on the side of
to be guilty of what might be seen as a fault in order to avoid an opposite and greater fault. It is better to err on the side of leniency when punishing a child .
References in classic literature ?
But are the rulers of states absolutely infallible, or are they sometimes liable to err?
"Therein you err," the Pocketer explained; "that note was written in the bank with our own pen, ink, and paper, and we have not paid a stationery bill for six months."
Neither is it almost seen, that very beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue; as if nature were rather busy, not to err, than in labor to produce excellency.
They know from experience that they sometimes err; and the wonder is that they so seldom err as they do, beset, as they continually are, by the wiles of parasites and sycophants, by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate, by the artifices of men who possess their confidence more than they deserve it, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.
All founders of states endeavour to comprehend within their own plan everything of nearly the same kind with it; but in doing this they err, in the manner I have already described in treating of the preservation and destruction of governments.
As regards the greater truths, men oftener err by seeking them at the bottom than at the top; Truth lies in the huge abysses where wisdom is sought-not in the palpable palaces where she is found.
Insomuch that someone in the Senate, wishing to excuse him, said there were many men who knew much better how not to err than to correct the errors of others.
To err is common To all men, but the man who having erred Hugs not his errors, but repents and seeks The cure, is not a wastrel nor unwise.
Perhaps here lay the secret of the hardness he had accused himself of: he had too little fellow-feeling with the weakness that errs in spite of foreseen consequences.
I will not dispute the fact that I have erred most grievously--that I should never dare to dispute, or that I have fallen greatly in my own estimation; but, I think I was fated from birth so to do--and one cannot escape fate, my beloved.
Thus the heroe is always introduced with a flourish of drums and trumpets, in order to rouse a martial spirit in the audience, and to accommodate their ears to bombast and fustian, which Mr Locke's blind man would not have grossly erred in likening to the sound of a trumpet.
All this very plausible reasoning does not convince me, as it has not convinced the wisest of our Statesmen, that our ancestors erred in laying it down as an axiom of policy that the toleration of Irregularity is incompatible with the safety of the State.