What is the meaning of mistake?


  • A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention.
    • usage: "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
  • An understanding of something that is not correct.
    • usage: "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"
  • Part of a statement that is not correct.
    • usage: "the book was full of errors"


  • Identify incorrectly.
    • usage: "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
  • To make a mistake or be incorrect.
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APAWordNet. (2010). mistake. Retrieved June 23, 2017, from http://smartdefine.org/mistake/definitions/1188855
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HarvardWordNet 2010, mistake, Smart Define, viewed 23 June, 2017, <http://smartdefine.org/mistake/definitions/1188855>.
MLAWordNet. "mistake" 23 October 2010. Web. 23 June 2017. <http://smartdefine.org/mistake/definitions/1188855>
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