mistake

mis|take1 W2S2 [mıˈsteık] n
1.)
something that has been done in the wrong way, or an opinion or statement that is incorrect
→↑error mistake in
We may have made a mistake in our calculations.
a mistake in the law
Ivan's work is always full of mistakes .
The article was littered with spelling mistakes .
One silly mistake cost them the match.
The most common mistake is to plant them too deep.
Please believe me. It was an honest mistake .
Did he admit his mistake ?
He warned that correcting the mistakes of the present administration would not be easy.
It is a mistake to think that violence can bring a solution to our problems.
There must be some mistake with the bill.
see usage notefault1
2.)
something you do that is not sensible or has a bad result
Buying the house seemed a great idea at the time, but now I can see it was a mistake.
It's your decision, but I warn you - you're making a mistake .
make the mistake of doing sth
I stupidly made the mistake of giving them my phone number.
big/terrible/ghastly etc mistake
Marrying him was the biggest mistake she ever made .
It proved to be a costly mistake.
She only realized her mistake when it was too late.
Some of our decisions were wrong, but you have to learn from your mistakes .
make the same mistake (again/twice)
I don't intend to make the same mistake again.
3.) by mistake
if you do something by mistake, you do it without intending to
= ↑accidentally
≠ ↑deliberately, ↑on purpose
Someone must have left the door open by mistake.
I'm sorry, this letter is addressed to you - I opened it by mistake.
4.) we all make mistakes
spoken used to tell someone not to be worried because they have made a mistake
5.) make no mistake (about it)
spoken used to emphasize that what you are saying is true, especially when you are warning about something serious or dangerous
Make no mistake, this is the most serious threat our industry has ever seen.
6.) and no mistake
BrE spoken informal used to emphasize the description you have just given
Miles was a heartbreaker, and no mistake!
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
make a mistake
be full of mistakes/be littered with mistakes (=have a lot of mistakes in it )
spelling mistake
silly mistake
common mistake
honest mistake (=something not done deliberately)
admit your mistake (=admit that you have made a mistake)
correct a mistake
it is a mistake to think/assume/imagine etc that
there must be some mistake (=used when you think someone has made a mistake)
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'do a mistake'. Say make a mistake.
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mistake 2
mistake2 past tense mistook [-ˈstuk] past participle mistaken [-ˈsteıkən]
v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old Norse; Origin: mistaka]
1.) to understand something wrongly
She mistook my meaning entirely.
Ken mistook her concern, thinking she was interested in him for another reason.
2.) you can't mistake sb/sth
used to say that someone or something is very easy to recognize
You can't mistake her. She's the one with the long red hair.
3.) there is no mistaking sb/sth
used to say that you are certain about something
There's no mistaking whose children they are - they all look just like Joe.
mistake for / [mistake sb/sth for sb/sth] phr v
to wrongly think that one person or thing is someone or something else
A woman mistook him for a well-known actor, and asked him for his autograph.
The doctor mistook the symptoms for blood poisoning.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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