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Definition of mistake verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mistake
    he / she / it mistakes
    past simple mistook
    past participle mistaken
    -ing form mistaking
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  1. 1  to not understand or judge someone or something correctly synonym misconstrue
  2. 2 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.
  3. Phrasal Verbsmistake somebody/something for somebody/something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mistake