English

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

  

mistake

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//mɪˈsteɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈsteɪk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mistake
BrE BrE//mɪˈsteɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈsteɪk//
 
he / she / it mistakes
BrE BrE//mɪˈsteɪks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈsteɪks//
 
past simple mistook
BrE BrE//mɪˈstʊk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈstʊk//
 
past participle mistaken
BrE BrE//mɪˈsteɪkən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈsteɪkən//
 
-ing form mistaking
BrE BrE//mɪˈsteɪkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈsteɪkɪŋ//
 
 
jump to other results
 (mistook
BrE BrE//mɪˈstʊk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈstʊk//
 
, mistaken
BrE BrE//mɪˈsteɪkən//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mɪˈsteɪkən//
 
)
to not understand or judge somebody/something correctly synonym misconstrue mistake somebody/something I admit that I mistook his intentions. He had certainly changed, but nobody could mistake his voice. There was no mistaking (= it was impossible to mistake) the bitterness in her voice. mistake somebody/something as somebody/something I mistook her offer as a threat. mistake what… Sorry—I mistook what you said.
Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from Old Norse mistaka ‘take in error’, probably influenced in sense by Old French mesprendre.Extra examples An unwary observer could easily mistake this constellation for a comet. I’m sorry. I mistook you for George. There was no mistaking the admiration in his eyes. You can’t mistake him. He has long red hair. He mistook the other man’s offer as a threat. I must admit that I mistook her intentions. There was no mistaking the bitterness in her voice. They mistook the purpose of the ambassador’s visit. Phrasal Verbsmistake somebody for somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mistake