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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymistake for
he/she/itmistakes for
present participlemistaking for
past tensemistook for
past participlemistaken for
  1. mistake someone/something for someone/something to think that a person or thing is someone or something else

    The gunman had mistaken him for a drug dealer.

    I had mistaken friendship for love.

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