mis|take1 [ mı`steık ] noun count ***
1. ) something that you have not done correctly, or something you say or think that is not correct:
make a mistake: I won't make the same mistake again!
Don't worry, it's an easy mistake to make.
correct a mistake: It's much easier to correct mistakes at an early stage.
admit a mistake: I wish you'd admitted your mistake earlier.
a ) something that you say or write in a way that is not correct: ERROR:
spelling/grammar mistakes
b ) learn from your mistakes to understand what you did wrong and make sure you do not do it again
c ) there must be some mistake SPOKEN used for saying that you think something is not correct or that you are being wrongly accused of something
d ) we all make mistakes or everyone makes mistakes SPOKEN used for telling someone not to worry about something they have done wrong
2. ) something you do that you later wish you had not done, because it causes a lot of problems:
a big/terrible/serious mistake: You're making a big mistake.
a costly/expensive mistake: The wrong choice of computer could prove a costly mistake.
the biggest mistake of something: Marrying him had been the biggest mistake of her life.
it would be a mistake to do something: It would be a mistake to think that the trouble is over.
make the mistake of doing something: I made the mistake of inviting Jennifer to the party.
by mistake
if you do something by mistake, you do it accidentally: BY ACCIDENT:
Oh no I sent her the wrong letter by mistake.
─ opposite ON PURPOSE
make no mistake (about it) SPOKEN
used for emphasizing that you mean what you are saying:
I'll go to the police next time, make no mistake about it.
used for emphasizing what you are saying:
They were a greedy bunch, no mistake.
and no mistake: Kathryn was a beautiful woman, and no mistake.
mis|take 2 [ mı`steık ] (past tense mis|took [ mı`stuk ] ; past participle mis|tak|en [ mı`steıkən ] ) verb transitive **
to not understand something correctly:
I'm afraid I mistook the nature of our relationship.
there is no mistaking something
used for saying that you cannot fail to understand or recognize something:
There was no mistaking the surprise on his face when I told him the news.
mi`stake for phrasal verb transitive
mistake someone/something for someone/something to think that a person or thing is someone or something else:
The gunman had mistaken him for a drug dealer.
I had mistaken friendship for love.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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