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Meaning of mistake

mis•take

Pronunciation: (mi-stāk'), [key]
— n., v., -took, -tak•en, -tak•ing.
—n.
  1. an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
  2. a misunderstanding or misconception.
  3. for certain; surely: He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
—v.t.
  1. to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else: I mistook him for the mayor.
  2. to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
—v.i.
  1. to be in error.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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