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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)







"mistake" in British English

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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.

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mistakeverb [T]

uk   us   /mɪˈsteɪk/ (mistook, mistaken)
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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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