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adjective wrong pronunciation in American English /rɔŋ/
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  1. 1
    not accurate or correct

    We must have gone the wrong way.

    the wrong answer

    1. a.
      not sensible

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

    2. b.
      used for saying that someone’s opinion is not correct

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

  2. 2
    not morally right
    wrong that:

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

    morally wrong:

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

  3. 3
    [never before noun] if there is something wrong, there is a problem

    You don’t look well. Is anything wrong?

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

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

    wrong with:

    There was something wrong with one of the tires.

  4. 4
    not appropriate

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

    wrong for:

    The colors just look wrong for a room this size.



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