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noun [countable] mistake pronunciation in British English /mɪˈsteɪk/
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singularmistake
pluralmistakes
 
  1. 1
    something that you have not done correctly, or something you say or think that is not correct
    make a mistake: I won’t make the same mistake again!
    Don’t worry: it’s an easy mistake to make.
    correct a mistake: It’s much easier to correct mistakes at an early stage.
    admit a mistake: I wish you’d admitted your mistake earlier.
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    1. a.
      something that you say or write in a way that is not correct
      spelling/grammar mistakes
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  2. 2
    something you do that you later wish you had not done, because it causes a lot of problems
    a big/terrible/serious mistake: You’re making a big mistake.
    a costly/expensive mistake: The wrong choice of computer could prove a costly mistake.
    the biggest mistake of something: Marrying him had been the biggest mistake of her life.
    it would be a mistake to do something: It would be a mistake to think that the trouble is over.
    make the mistake of doing something: I made the mistake of inviting Jennifer to the party.
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