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"wrong" in American English

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wrongadjective

us   /rɔŋ/
  • wrong adjective (NOT CORRECT)

not correct or not accurate: Three of your answers were wrong. That clock is wrong – it’s 12:30, not 12:15. I dialed the wrong number.
  • wrong adjective (NOT SUITABLE)

not suitable or desirable, or not as it should be: It was the wrong time to ask for a raise. She was just the wrong person for the job.
  • wrong adjective (IMMORAL)

  • wrong adjective (NOT WORKING)

[not gradable] not working correctly: Something’s wrong with the dishwasher – it’s leaking again.
wrong
adverb [not gradable] us   /rɔŋ/
It doesn’t work – what am I doing wrong?

wrongverb [T]

us   /rɔŋ/
  • wrong verb [T] (TREAT UNFAIRLY)

to treat someone in an unfair or unacceptable way: He felt he had been wronged, but everyone else blamed him for what happened.
To wrong someone is also to judge someone unfairly and express uncertainty about that person’s character: That reporter wronged her, saying she was an unfit mother.

wrongnoun

us   /rɔŋ/
  • wrong noun (IMMORAL ACT)

[C/U] behavior or an act that is morally unacceptable; evil or an evil act: [U] She has a keen sense of right and wrong. [C] It’s impossible to exaggerate the wrongs caused by slavery.
  • wrong noun (ACT THAT IS NOT CORRECT)

behavior or an act that is not correct: If there's been a wrong, physicians (= doctors) want it made right.
(Definition of wrong from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"wrong" in British English

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wrongadjective

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.
A2 If someone is wrong, they are not correct in their judgment or statement about something: You were wrong about the time - the bank closed at 3.30. He's wrong in thinking that we will support the project financially.
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.

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  • 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).
Something that is wrong is not considered to be socially acceptable or suitable: She got in with the wrong crowd (= a group of people who behaved badly) at university.
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?
the wrong way around
mainly UK also the wrong way round If something is the wrong way around, the part that should be at the front is at the back: You've got your skirt on the wrong way round.

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  • wrong adjective (NOT MORAL)

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 little fun?
Opposite

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wrongadverb

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 problem 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!
go wrong

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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.
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 went wrong.
B1 UK If a machine goes wrong, it stops working correctly: Our TV keeps going wrong.

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wrongnoun

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).
[C] formal 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.
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.

wrongverb [T]

uk   /rɒŋ/ us   /rɑːŋ/ formal
(Definition of wrong from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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