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.
1. Being in error; judging wrongly; having a wrong opinion or a misconception; as, a mistaken man; he is mistaken.
2. Erroneous; wrong; as, a mistaken notion.
adj 1: wrong in e.g. opinion or judgment; "well-meaning but
misguided teachers"; "a mistaken belief"; "mistaken
identity" [syn: misguided]
2: arising from error; "a false assumption"; "a mistaken view
of the situation" [syn: false]
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]