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Definitions of mistake

  1. mistake one thing for another; " you are confusing me with the other candidate"; " I mistook her for the secretary"
  2. to make a mistake or be incorrect
  3. 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"
  4. part of a statement that is not correct; " the book was full of errors"
  5. 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"
  6. identify incorrectly; " Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
  7. To make or form amiss; to spoil in making.
  8. To take or choose wrongly.
  9. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's meaning.
  10. To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one person for another.
  11. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge.
  12. To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error.
  13. An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct.
  14. Misconception, error, which when non- negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it.
  15. To misunderstand; to put wrongly in place of another; as, he mistook her for her sister.
  16. To err in judgment.
  17. An error in judgment; fault; misunderstanding.
  18. Mistook.
  19. Mistaken.
  20. Mistaking.
  21. To understand wrongly: to take one thing or person for another.
  22. To err in opinion or judgment.
  23. A taking or understanding wrongly: an error.
  24. MISTAKABLE.
  25. An error.
  26. To err.
  27. To take in error; understand wrongly.
  28. To understand wrongly; take or choose wrongly.
  29. To be in error.
  30. Mistakablee.
  31. An error in action, judgment, perception, or impression; a blunder.
  32. An error of any kind; misconception; misapprehension.
  33. To misunderstand; to take one thing or person for another.
  34. To misunderstand; to conceive wrongly; to take one person or thing for another; to err in opinion or judgment.
  35. An error of any kind; a misconception; a blunder; an oversight.
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Quotes of mistake

  1. It is worse than immoral, it's a mistake – Dean Acheson
  2. I've always had a problem with people who couldn't tell the truth or admit a mistake and say they're wrong. – Burt Bacharach
  3. The Republicans are running wild with our tax dollars and it's been a mistake to let this administration continue a policy of incompetence when it comes to Iraq. – Sherrod Brown
  4. The joy of life consists in the exercise of one's energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal. – Aleister Crowley
  5. A mistake is always forgivable, rarely excusable and always unacceptable. – Robert Fripp
  6. The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one. – Elbert Hubbard
  7. He had a way with him. Before you had a chance to say no, he was there and done. That only happened to me once before, with a duke, who literally swept me off my feet, and before I knew what was happening, we'd done it. Another terrible mistake – Christine Keeler
  8. Make no mistake about it! There is an organized movement against organized labor and it's called the Bush Administration. – Edward Kennedy
  9. Our forefathers made one mistake What they should have fought for was representation without taxation. – Fletcher Knebel
  10. No writer of a portion of the Bible was perfect. It was the direct and miraculous operation of the Holy Spirit that what they wrote is without mistake – Walter Lang
  11. It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. – Henry Moore
  12. One makes mistakes; that is life. But it is never a mistake to have loved. – Romain Rolland
  13. Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down. I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see. – Mickey Rourke
  14. We have not given science too big a place in our education, but we have made a perilous mistake in giving it too great a preponderance in method in every other branch of study. – Woodrow Wilson
  15. I don't like to be labeled, to be anything. I've made the mistake before myself of labeling my music, but it's counter -productive. – Neil Young

Usage examples for mistake

  1. They saw that they had made a mistake – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  2. Don't you make a mistake my dear. – The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
  3. But that was a little mistake – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  4. This way you will not make the same mistake that he did. – FreeChildrenStories.com Collection by Daniel Errico
  5. No, he would never make such a mistake but she? – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  6. If we did, we should make a mistake – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett
  7. " If you do know it," he said slowly, " we have made the cruellest mistake we could possibly have made. – The Turnstile by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  8. They only made one little mistake but that was at the beginning, and they soon got over it. – A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories by William D. Howells
  9. Who could mistake her?" – Child of Storm by H. Rider Haggard
  10. I never made any mistake myself as to which was which. – Marge Askinforit by Barry Pain
  11. " There's no mistake she returned. – A Fool There Was by Porter Emerson Browne
  12. But you said you had made a mistake man. – The Rajah of Dah by George Manville Fenn
  13. Love makes no mistake – East of the Shadows by Mrs. Hubert Barclay
  14. How could any one make a mistake – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  15. " You mistake I think," said Piers. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  16. Couldn't mistake 'im, sir. – The Heart of a Woman by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  17. It is a mistake to suppose that we can only think of one thing at a time. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  18. In his mind, there was no mistake – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. But it was only a mistake – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  20. But I think, somehow, you would not make a mistake if you did want me. – Quick Action by Robert W. Chambers

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