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mistook

[mi-stoo k] /mɪˈstʊk/
verb
1.
simple past tense of mistake.

mistake

[mi-steyk] /mɪˈsteɪk/
noun
1.
an error in action, calculation, opinion, or judgment caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, insufficient knowledge, etc.
2.
a misunderstanding or misconception.
verb (used with object), mistook, mistaken, mistaking.
3.
to regard or identify wrongly as something or someone else:
I mistook him for the mayor.
4.
to understand, interpret, or evaluate wrongly; misunderstand; misinterpret.
verb (used without object), mistook, mistaken, mistaking.
5.
to be in error.
Idioms
6.
and no mistake, for certain; surely:
He's an honorable person, and no mistake.
Origin
1300-1330
1300-30; Middle English mistaken (v.) < Old Norse mistaka to take in error. See mis-1, take
Related forms
mistaker, noun
mistakingly, adverb
unmistaking, adjective
unmistakingly, adverb
Can be confused
misnomer, mistake (see confusables note at misnomer)
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
2. understanding.
Confusables note
See misnomer.
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Examples from the web for mistook
  • One mistook him for a helicopter on a search-and-rescue mission.
  • But they mistook the nature of the beast, and nothing of the sort has happened.
  • Once, a guard mistook a series of abstract paintings as blueprints for an escape attempt and destroyed them.
  • And he mistook criticism as a sign of bureaucratic resistance.
  • He went in for the play, all there was of it, but he never mistook the means for the end and let the play run away with him.
  • Everything he did was pose-pose so deeply calculated that if one were not on the lookout one mistook it for impulse.
  • The mullah mistook the moral question for a practical one.
  • She puttered around and someone mistook her for an employee.
  • Sick and dying oarfish float at the surface, which is why old-time sailors mistook them for sea serpents.
  • When the deputies entered the building, one employee mistook them for the robbers and opened fire.
British Dictionary definitions for mistook

mistook

/mɪˈstʊk/
verb
1.
the past tense of mistake

mistake

/mɪˈsteɪk/
noun
1.
an error or blunder in action, opinion, or judgment
2.
a misconception or misunderstanding
verb -takes, -taking, -took, -taken
3.
(transitive) to misunderstand; misinterpret: she mistook his meaning
4.
(transitive) foll by for. to take (for), interpret (as), or confuse (with): she mistook his direct manner for honesty
5.
(transitive) to choose badly or incorrectly: he mistook his path
6.
(intransitive) to make a mistake in action, opinion, judgment, etc
Derived Forms
mistaker, noun
Word Origin
C13 (meaning: to do wrong, err): from Old Norse mistaka to take erroneously
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Word Origin and History for mistook

mistake

v.

early 14c., "to commit an offense;" late 14c., "to misunderstand, misinterpret," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse mistaka "take in error, miscarry"), from mis- "wrongly" (see mis- (1)) + taka "take" (see take (v.)). Related: Mistook; mistaking.

n.

1630s, from mistake (v.). Meaning "unintended pregnancy" is from 1957.

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Idioms and Phrases with mistook

mistake

In addition to the idiom beginning with
mistake
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