What is mistake?

  • (noun): An understanding of something that is not correct.
    Example: "He wasn't going to admit his mistake"; "make no mistake about his intentions"
    Synonyms: misunderstanding, misapprehension
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "mistake":

  • (noun): Part of a statement that is not correct.
    Synonyms: error
  • (noun): A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention.
    Example: "He made a bad mistake"
    Synonyms: error, fault
  • (verb): Identify incorrectly.
    Example: "Don't mistake her for her twin sister"
    Synonyms: misidentify
  • (verb): To make a mistake or be incorrect.
    Synonyms: err, slip

Famous quotes containing the word mistake:

    It is always a mistake to be plain-spoken.
    Gertrude Stein (1874–1946)

    Man always made, and still makes, grotesque blunders in selecting and measuring forces, taken at random from the heap, but he never made a mistake in the value he set on the whole, which he symbolized as unity and worshipped as God. To this day, his attitude towards it has never changed, though science can no longer give to force a name.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)

    Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned.
    José Bergamín (1895–1983)