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mistake

noun [C] uk   /mɪˈsteɪk/ us  
A2 an action, decision, or judgment that produces an unwanted or unintentional result: I'm not blaming you - we all make mistakes. [+ to infinitive] It was a mistake for us to come here tonight. This letter's full of spelling mistakes. I've discovered a few mistakes in your calculations. Why am I under arrest? There must be some mistake.by mistake B1 by accident: I've paid this bill twice by mistake.
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mistake

verb [T] uk   /mɪˈsteɪk/ (mistook, mistaken) us  
to be wrong about or to fail to recognize something or someone: You can't mistake their house - it's got a bright yellow front door. formal I mistook your signature and thought the letter was from someone else.
mistakable
adjective uk ( UK also mistakeable)   /-ˈsteɪ.kə.bl̩/ us  
She's easily mistakeable for a man when she wears that suit and hat.
Translations of “mistake”
in Korean 실수…
in Arabic خَطأ…
in French prendre pour, confondre avec, se tromper sur…
in Turkish hata, yanlış, kusur…
in Italian errore, sbaglio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 錯誤, 過失…
in Russian ошибка…
in Polish błąd, pomyłka…
in Spanish confundir, equivocarse, entender mal…
in Portuguese engano, equívoco, erro…
in German verwechseln, sich irren…
in Catalan equivocació, error…
in Japanese 間違い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 错误, 过失…
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