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error

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˈerər/
something done or written by accident that is not correct, not accurate, or does not give the right result: make/introduce an error Can I amend my VAT return online if I've made an error? correct/find an error contain/have errors The text has numerous errors, but none are particularly significant.error in sth An error in accounting led to this figure appearing in the 'profit' column.accounting/administrative/clerical error Due to an administrative error, the payment went to the wrong bank account. a grave/serious error He made an error of judgment when he failed to promote her. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify us immediately.
IT a situation in which something goes wrong in a computer program, or a message that this has happened: give/produce/generate an error The bug generated an error when performing a multi-scale query. a syntax/server/system error
→ See also margin of error, unrecoverable error
(Definition of error from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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