and no mis-take


an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
verb (used with object), mistook, mistaken, mistaking.
to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else: I mistook him for the mayor.
to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
verb (used without object), mistook, mistaken, mistaking.
to be in error.
and no mistake, for certain; surely: He's an honorable person, and no mistake.

1300–30; Middle English mistaken (v.) < Old Norse mistaka to take in error. See mis-1, take

mistaker, noun
mistakingly, adverb
unmistaking, adjective
unmistakingly, adverb

misnomer, mistake (see confusables note at misnomer).

1. inaccuracy, erratum, fault, oversight. Mistake, blunder, error, slip refer to deviations from right, accuracy, correctness, or truth. A mistake grave or trivial, is caused by bad judgment or a disregard of rule or principle: It was a mistake to argue. A blunder is a careless, stupid, or gross mistake in action or speech, suggesting awkwardness, heedlessness, or ignorance: Through his blunder the message was lost. An error (often interchanged with mistake ) is an unintentional wandering or deviation from accuracy, or right conduct: an error in addition. A slip is usually a minor mistake made through haste or carelessness: a slip of the tongue. 4. misconceive, misjudge, err.

2. understanding.

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mistake (mɪˈsteɪk)
1.  an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
2.  a misconception or misunderstanding
vb (foll by for) , -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
3.  (tr) to misunderstand; misinterpret: she mistook his meaning
4.  to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with): she mistook his direct manner for honesty
5.  (tr) to choose badly or incorrectly: he mistook his path
6.  (intr) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
[C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.N. mistaka "take in error, miscarry," from mis- "wrongly" (see mis- (1)) + taka "take." The noun is attested from 1630s. Related: Mistakenly.
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