mistake Definition

  • 1an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong
  • 2an error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness

Using mistake: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mistake" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I made a mistake in my calculations.

  • Example

    It was a mistake to trust him.

  • Example

    She mistook him for his brother.

  • Example

    He realized his mistake and apologized.

mistake Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using mistake

  • to be absolutely certain about someone or something


    With his bright red hair, there was no mistaking him in the crowd.

  • used to emphasize the importance of what one is saying


    Make no mistake, this is a serious situation that requires immediate attention.

  • something that seems bad or unlucky at first but results in something good happening later


    Losing my job turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it gave me the opportunity to start my own business.

Phrases with mistake

  • to do something incorrectly or wrongly


    I made a mistake in my report and had to correct it.

  • learn from one's mistakes

    to use one's past errors as a guide for future behavior


    After failing the test, she learned from her mistakes and studied harder for the next one.

  • a mistake made without any intention to deceive or harm


    It was an honest mistake to send the email to the wrong person.

Origins of mistake

from Old Norse 'mistaka', meaning 'take in error'


Summary: mistake in Brief

The term 'mistake' [mɪˈsteɪk] refers to misguided or incorrect actions or judgments. It can result from deficient knowledge, carelessness, or faulty judgment, as in 'I made a mistake in my calculations.' 'Mistake' extends into phrases like 'make a mistake,' and idioms like 'no mistaking someone or something,' denoting certainty, and 'a blessing in disguise,' implying a positive outcome from a negative situation.

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