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n., v. -took, -tak•en, -tak•ing. n.
A mistake is something incorrect or unfortunate that someone does. You say that someone makes a mistake.
In more formal English, you can use error with the same meaning. You also say that someone makes an error.
Don't say that someone 'does' a mistake or an error. Don't say, for example, 'He did a terrible mistake'.
You say that someone does something by mistake or, in more formal English, in error. Don't say 'in mistake or 'by error'.
Don't use 'mistake' or 'error' to refer to something wrong in a machine or system. Use fault.
Past participle: mistaken
|Noun||1.||mistake - 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"|
blot, smirch, smear, stain, spot - an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
mix-up, confusion - a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; "he changed his name in order to avoid confusion with the notorious outlaw"
incursion - the mistake of incurring liability or blame
distortion - the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
parapraxis, slip-up, miscue, slip - a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
offside - (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)
blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
|2.||mistake - 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"|
misconception - an incorrect conception
|3.||mistake - part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full of errors"|
misstatement - a statement that contains a mistake
corrigendum - a printer's error; to be corrected
|Verb||1.||mistake - identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"|
identify - consider to be equal or the same; "He identified his brother as one of the fugitives"
|2.||mistake - to make a mistake or be incorrect |
misremember - remember incorrectly; "I misremembered the date"
misjudge - judge incorrectly
fall for - be deceived, duped, or entrapped by; "He fell for her charms"; "He fell for the con man's story"
"We are built to make mistakes, coded for error" [Lewis Thomas The Medusa and the Snail]
"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything" [Edward John Phelps]
mistake[mɪsˈteɪk] (mistook (vb: pt) (mistaken (pp)))
there must be some mistake → debe de haber algún error
by mistake he has been arrested by mistake → lo detuvieron por error or equivocación
he fired the gun by mistake → disparó la pistola sin querer
he took my hat in mistake for his → confundió mi sombrero con el suyo
to make a mistake (gen) → cometer un error; (= be mistaken) → equivocarse
they made the mistake of asking too much → cometieron el error de pedir demasiado
the doctor must have made a mistake → el médico debe de haberse equivocado
make no mistake about it; let there be no mistake about it → y que no quepa la menor duda
my mistake! → ¡la culpa es mía!, es culpa mía
she's pretty and no mistake > → es guapa de verdad or con ganas
I'm sorry, I mistook your meaning → perdón, te malinterpreté or no te entendí bien
there was no mistaking his intention → su intención estaba clarísima
I mistook the turning to your house → me equivoqué al torcer para ir a tu casa
to mistake sth/sb for sth/sb → confundir algo/a algn con algo/algn
he is often mistaken for Peter → se le confunde muchas veces con Peter
she mistook his attention for interest → erróneamente, interpretó su atención como interés
she could easily be mistaken for a boy → se la podría confundir fácilmente con un chico
there's no mistaking her voice → su voz es inconfundible
It was a mistake to buy those yellow shoes → C'était une erreur d'acheter ces chaussures jaunes.
to make a mistake (in calculating) → faire une erreur
I'm sorry, I made a mistake → Je suis désolé, j'ai fait une erreur.
to make a terrible mistake → faire une terrible erreur
to make a mistake about sb/sth → se tromper sur le compte de qn/sur qch
you're making a big mistake → vous faites une grosse erreur
to make the mistake of doing sth → faire l'erreur de faire qch
to make the big mistake of doing sth → faire une grosse erreur en faisant qch
it's a big mistake to do that → c'est une grosse erreur de faire ça
there must be some mistake (= misunderstanding) → il doit y avoir une erreur
by mistake → par erreur
to do sth by mistake → faire qch par erreur
I took his bag by mistake → J'ai pris son sac par erreur.
it was my mistake (= I'm to blame) → c'était ma faute
The government completely mistook the mood of the country → Le gouvernement s'est complètement mépris sur l'état d'esprit du pays.
to mistake for → prendre pour
He was often mistaken for his brother → On le prenait souvent pour son frère.
At first he thought he had mistaken the address → Il a d'abord cru qu'il s'était trompé d'adresse.
mistake[mɪsˈteɪk] (mistook (vb: pt) (mistaken (pp)))
to make a mistake (in writing, calculating) → fare uno sbaglio or un errore
to make a mistake (about sb/sth) → sbagliarsi (sul conto di qn/su qc)
my mistake! → è colpa mia!
you're making a big mistake → commetti un grosso or grave errore
I made the mistake of trusting him → ho fatto l'errore di fidarmi di lui
by mistake → per sbaglio
he took my hat in mistake for his → ha preso il mio cappello credendo fosse il suo
there must be some mistake → ci dev'essere un errore
make no mistake (about it) → non aver paura, sta' tranquillo
she's pretty and no mistake (fam) → è proprio una bella ragazza