Mistake - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |mɪˈsteɪk|  American pronunciation of the word mistake
Brit.  |mɪˈsteɪk|  British pronunciation of the word mistake
irregular verb:  p.t. — mistook  p.p. — mistaken


- a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention (syn: error, fault)
he made a bad mistake
- an understanding of something that is not correct (syn: misapprehension, misunderstanding)
he wasn't going to admit his mistake
make no mistake about his intentions
- part of a statement that is not correct (syn: error)


- identify incorrectly
Don't mistake her for her twin sister
- to make a mistake or be incorrect (syn: err, slip)

Extra examples

...the auctioneer mistook my nod for a bid, and I ended up buying a painting I don't even like...

...you seriously mistake me if you think I scare so easily...

It would be a mistake to assume that we can rely on their help.

There must be some mistake.

The manuscript contains numerous spelling mistakes.

There's a mistake in the schedule.

“When does the movie start?” “At 8:00. No, wait—my mistake—it starts at 8:30.”

Mistakes abound on every page.

We made a mistake about that.

She made a mistake in counting on their help.

It was a mistake to appoint him manager.

You are mistaken.

Don't mistake me, I mean exactly what I said.

I mistook him for his brother.

We may have made a mistake in our calculations.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: mistake
he/she/it: mistakes
present participle: mistaking
past tense: mistook
past participle: mistaken
singular: mistake
plural: mistakes
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