Definition for Mistake (-n, mistaking, mistook)

mistake (-n, mistaking, mistook), v. [ON mistaka, take by mistake.]

  1. Misunderstand; be confused; become confounded; get it wrong.
  2. Take one thing for another.
  3. Show; display; betray; reveal unintentionally; [structural ambiguity: “mistake” as main verb with “fear” as noun object] make the mistake of fearing.
  4. Misinterpret; miss the point; overlook the truth.

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