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Definition of err verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

err

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//er//
 
[intransitive] (old-fashioned, formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they err
BrE BrE//ɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//er//
 
he / she / it errs
BrE BrE//ɜːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//erz//
 
past simple erred
BrE BrE//ɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//erd//
 
past participle erred
BrE BrE//ɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//erd//
 
-ing form erring
BrE BrE//ˈɜːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈerɪŋ//
 
 
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  • to make a mistake To err is human…
  • Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘wander, go astray’): from Old French errer, from Latin errare ‘to stray’.Idioms
    err on the side of something
     
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    to show too much of a good quality I thought it was better to err on the side of caution (= to be too careful rather than take a risk).
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: err