Word of the Day: Mistake

/ mistáyke /

noun: an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong,

A man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.” Theodore Roosevelt

Verb tr. (past mistook / -to͝ok /; past part. mistaken / -tākən /)

1. misunderstand the meaning or intention of (a person, statement, etc.),

Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.” Thomas Browne

2. (followed by for) wrongly take or identify,

All the inventions that the world contains,
Were not by reason first found out, nor brains;
But pass for theirs who had the luck to light
Upon them by mistake or oversight.
– Samuel Butler

3. choose wrongly.

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.” Josh Billings