I UK [rɒŋ] / US [rɔŋ] adjective ***
1) [never before noun] if there is something wrong, there is a problem

You don't look well. Is anything wrong?

One look at her face told us that something was terribly wrong.

I checked the engine, but I couldn't find anything wrong.

wrong with:

If there's something wrong with it, take it back to the shop.

Adverbs frequently used with wrong
▪  badly, disastrously, dreadfully, horribly, seriously, terribly
2) not accurate or correct

We must have gone the wrong way.

the wrong answer

a) used for saying that someone's opinion is not correct

I thought it'd only take a few minutes, but I was wrong.

b) not sensible

Think about this carefully – you don't want to make the wrong decision.

Adverbs frequently used with wrong
▪  completely, entirely, hopelessly, plainly, quite, totally, wholly
3) not morally right
wrong that:

The court decided it was wrong that such actions should go unpunished.

morally wrong:

They believe that making money out of prisons is morally wrong.

4) not suitable

It's the wrong place for such a big industrial development.

wrong for:

The colours just look wrong for a room this size.

what's wrong? — used for asking someone who looks ill or sad to tell you what problem they have; used for asking why something such as a machine is not working; used for asking someone why they do not approve of something you are doing

You look terrible – what's wrong?

What's wrong with the TV? It sounds all crackly.

What's wrong with having a little fun?


II UK [rɒŋ] / US [rɔŋ] adverb *
in a way that is not correct

Someone had tied the rope on wrong.

III UK [rɒŋ] / US [rɔŋ] noun
Word forms "wrong":
singular wrong plural wrongs
a) [uncountable] behaviour that is morally wrong or that breaks a rule
do wrong:

Anyone who does wrong will be punished.

right and wrong:

Small children do not know the difference between right and wrong.

b) [countable] used about a particular action or situation

There were disagreements over the rights and wrongs of sex education.


IV UK [rɒŋ] / US [rɔŋ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "wrong":
present tense I/you/we/they wrong he/she/it wrongs present participle wronging past tense wronged past participle wronged formal
to treat or judge someone in an unfair way

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