I UK [mɪˈsteɪk] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "mistake":
singular mistake plural mistakes
Making a mistake is like falling over, or like being clumsy and dropping things. She stumbled over the speech. You tripped up there: what were you thinking of? I fell flat on my face the last time I tried. She didn't put a foot wrong. I was completely wrong-footed. He fumbled for something useful to say. They made a clumsy attempt to improve the situation. It was a slip of the tongue/pen. I seem to have put my foot in it.  confused
a) something that you have not done correctly, or something you say or think that is not correct
make a mistake:

I won't make the same mistake again!

Don't worry: it's an easy mistake to make.

correct a mistake:

It's much easier to correct mistakes at an early stage.

admit a mistake:

I wish you'd admitted your mistake earlier.

b) something that you say or write in a way that is not correct

spelling/grammar mistakes

2) something you do that you later wish you had not done, because it causes a lot of problems
a big/terrible/serious mistake:

You're making a big mistake.

a costly/expensive mistake:

The wrong choice of computer could prove a costly mistake.

the biggest mistake of something:

Marrying him had been the biggest mistake of her life.

it would be a mistake to do something:

It would be a mistake to think that the trouble is over.

make the mistake of doing something:

I made the mistake of inviting Jennifer to the party.

Adjectives frequently used with mistake
▪  bad, big, careless, costly, deliberate, disastrous, dreadful, expensive, fatal, grave, serious, terrible, tragic

make no mistake (about it)spoken used for emphasizing that you mean what you are saying

I'll go to the police next time – make no mistake about it.

II UK [mɪˈsteɪk] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "mistake":
present tense I/you/we/they mistake he/she/it mistakes present participle mistaking past tense mistook UK [mɪˈstʊk] / US past participle mistaken UK [mɪˈsteɪkən] / US
to not understand something correctly

I'm afraid I mistook the nature of our relationship.

Phrasal verbs:

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