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adjective uk   /rɒŋ/ us    /rɑːŋ/

wrong adjective (NOT CORRECT)

A1 not correct: Three of your answers were wrong. That clock is wrong - it's 12.30, not 12.15. Some of his facts are questionable, others are plainly (= completely) wrong. Wrong A2 If someone is wrong, they are not correct in their judgment or statement about something: You were wrong about the time - the shop closed at 7.00. He's wrong in thinking that we will support the project financially.Wrong prove sb wrong to show by your actions that someone's judgment of you was not correct: I thought she couldn't do it, but she proved me wrong.Wrong

wrong adjective (NOT SUITABLE)

C1 not suitable or correct, or not as it should be: She's the wrong person for the job. We must have taken a wrong turning. I'm sorry, you've got the wrong number (= this is not the phone number you wanted). Unsuitable and unacceptable describes something that is not considered to be socially acceptable or suitable: She got in with the wrong crowd (= a group of people who were not considered socially acceptable) at university.Unsuitable and unacceptable B1 If you ask someone what is wrong, you want to know what is worrying or upsetting them: You've been quiet all evening. Is there anything wrong? What's wrong with you today?Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters the wrong way round/around If something is the wrong way round/around, the part that should be at the front is at the back: You've got your skirt on the wrong way round.Backwards, sideways and back and forth

wrong adjective (IMMORAL)

B2 not considered morally acceptable by most people: Children should be taught that violence is wrong. It was wrong of her to lie to you. What's wrong with having a bit of fun?
Morally wrong and evilDishonest

wrong adjective (NOT WORKING)

B1 [after verb] not working correctly: Something's wrong with the television - the picture's gone fuzzy. The doctors are still trying to find out what's wrong.Not functioning


adverb uk   /rɒŋ/ us    /rɑːŋ/
A2 informal in a way that is not correct: You've spelled my name wrong.
See also
get sth wrong B1 informal to make a mistake in the way you answer or understand something: I spent hours doing that calculation and I still got the answer wrong. You've got it all wrong - it was your boss that she was annoyed with and not you!Wrong go wrong B2 If a situation or event goes wrong, it becomes unpleasant and is not a success: Our marriage began to go wrong after we had our first child.Failing and doing badly to make a mistake: These shelves are very easy to put together - you can't go wrong. I thought I'd done this correctly, I just can't understand where I've gone wrong.Making mistakes B1 If a machine goes wrong, it stops working correctly: Our TV keeps going wrong.Not functioning


noun uk   /rɒŋ/ us    /rɑːŋ/
[U] what is considered to be morally unacceptable: He has no sense of right and wrong. I was brought up to tell the truth and know right from wrong. As far as her parents are concerned, she can do no wrong (= she is perfect in every way).Morally wrong and evilDishonest [C] an unfair action: He has done us a great wrong. She was trying to right (= do something to make better) the wrongs of the past.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant in the wrong If someone is in the wrong, they have made a mistake or done something that is bad or illegal: The driver was unquestionably in the wrong.Wrong


verb [T] uk   /rɒŋ/ us    /rɑːŋ/ formal
to treat someone in an unfair or unacceptable way: She felt deeply wronged by his accusations.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
(Definition of wrong from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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