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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.

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.
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