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English noun: mistake

1. mistake (act) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

SamplesHe made a bad mistake.
She was quick to point out my errors.
I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults.

Synonymserror, fault

Broader (hypernym)nonaccomplishment, nonachievement

Narrower (hyponym)balls-up, ballup, betise, bloomer, blooper, blot, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, cockup, confusion, distortion, flub, folly, foolishness, foul-up, fuckup, imbecility, incursion, lapse, mess-up, miscalculation, miscue, misestimation, misreckoning, mix-up, offside, omission, oversight, parapraxis, pratfall, renege, revoke, skip, slip, slip-up, smear, smirch, spot, stain, stupidity

2. mistake (cognition) an understanding of something that is not correct

SamplesHe wasn't going to admit his mistake.
Make no mistake about his intentions.
There must be some misunderstanding--I don't have a sister.

Synonymsmisapprehension, misunderstanding

Broader (hypernym)misconception

3. mistake (communication) part of a statement that is not correct

SamplesThe book was full of errors.


Broader (hypernym)misstatement

Narrower (hyponym)corrigendum, erratum, literal, literal error, misprint, typo, typographical error

English verb: mistake

1. mistake (cognition) identify incorrectly

SamplesDon't mistake her for her twin sister.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)identify

Narrower (hyponym)confound, confuse

2. mistake (cognition) to make a mistake or be incorrect

Synonymserr, slip

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)fall for, misjudge, misremember, slip up, stumble, trip up

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