mistake Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “mistake” in the English Dictionary

"mistake" in British English

See all translations

mistakenoun [C]

uk   us   /mɪˈsteɪk/
A2 an ​action, ​decision, or ​judgment that ​produces an ​unwanted or ​unintentionalresult: 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 inyourcalculations. Why am I under ​arrest? There must be some mistake.by mistake B1 by ​accident: I've ​paid this ​billtwice by mistake.
More examples

mistakeverb [T]

uk   us   /mɪˈsteɪk/ (mistook, mistaken)
to be ​wrong about or to ​fail to ​recognize something or someone: You can't mistake ​theirhouse - it has a ​brightyellowfrontdoor.formal I mistook ​yoursignature and ​thought the ​letter was from someone ​else.
mistakable
adjective (UK also mistakeable) uk   us   /-ˈsteɪ.kə.bl̩/
She's easily mistakeable for a man when she ​wears that ​suit and ​hat.
(Definition of mistake from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mistake" in American English

See all translations

mistakenoun [C]

 us   /mɪˈsteɪk/
an ​action or ​decision that is ​wrong or ​produces a ​result that is not ​correct or not ​intended: We all make mistakes. [+ to infinitive] It was a mistake to come to this ​restaurant without a ​reservation.by mistake By mistake ​meansunintentionally: I’m ​sorry – I must have ​dialedyournumber by mistake.

mistakeverb [T]

 us   /mɪˈsteɪk/ (past tense mistook  /mɪˈstʊk/ , past participle mistaken  /mɪˈsteɪ·kən/ )
to be ​wrong about or ​fail to ​recognize something or someone: [T always + adv/prep] I called Karen and mistook her ​mother for her (= I ​thought I was ​speaking to Karen when I was ​speaking to her ​mother).
(Definition of mistake from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mistake?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

harvest

to pick and collect crops, or to collect plants, animals, or fish to eat

Word of the Day

Meerkat meme
Meerkat meme
by Colin McIntosh,
September 03, 2015
Meerkats are not new to popular culture (they appear in the folk tales of the San people of the Kalahari), but their arrival in the public’s consciousness, at least in the UK and the US, is a relatively recent phenomenon. Meerkats are small, sociable Southern African mammals that live in large family

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More