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noun error pronunciation in British English /ˈerə(r)/ 
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singularerror
pluralerrors
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a mistake, for example in a calculation or a decision
    error in:

    an error in our calculations

    make an error:

    He admitted that he'd made an error in rejecting their offer.

    clerical/factual/grammatical error:

    A simple clerical error meant that your order was posted to the wrong address.

    human/pilot/driver error:

    The accident is thought to have been a result of pilot error.

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