Mis·take v. t. [imp. & obs. p. p. Mistook p. p. Mistaken p. pr. & vb. n. Mistaking.]
1. To take or choose wrongly. [Obs. or R.]
2. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's meaning.
My father's purposes have been mistook. --Shak.
3. To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one person for another.
A man may mistake the love of virtue for the practice of it. --Johnson.
4. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge.
Mistake me not so much,
To think my poverty is treacherous. --Shak.
Mis·take, v. i. To err in knowledge, perception, opinion, or judgment; to commit an unintentional error.
Servants mistake, and sometimes occasion misunderstanding among friends. --Swift.
1. An apprehending wrongly; a misconception; a misunderstanding; a fault in opinion or judgment; an unintentional error of conduct.
Infallibility is an absolute security of the understanding from all possibility of mistake. --Tillotson.
2. Law Misconception, error, which when non-negligent may be ground for rescinding a contract, or for refusing to perform it.
No mistake, surely; without fail; as, it will happen at the appointed time, and no mistake. [Low]
Syn: -- Blunder; error; bull. See Blunder.
n 1: a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or
inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to
point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in
spite of his grammatical faults" [syn: error, fault]
2: an understanding of something that is not correct; "he
wasn't going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about
his intentions"; "there must be some misunderstanding--I
don't have a sister" [syn: misunderstanding, misapprehension]
3: part of a statement that is not correct; "the book was full
of errors" [syn: error]
v 1: identify incorrectly; "Don't mistake her for her twin
sister" [syn: misidentify]
2: to make a mistake or be incorrect [syn: err, slip]
[also: mistook, mistaken]