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adjective     wrong pronunciation in British English
  1. 1
    [never before noun] if there is something wrong, there is a problem

    You don’t look well. Is anything wrong?

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

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

    wrong with:

    If there’s something wrong with it, take it back to the shop.

  2. 2
    not accurate or correct

    We must have gone the wrong way.

    the wrong answer

    1. a.
      used for saying that someone’s opinion is not correct

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

    2. b.
      not sensible

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

  3. 3
    not morally right
    wrong that:

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

    morally wrong:

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

  4. 4
    not suitable

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

    wrong for:

    The colours just look wrong for a room this size.

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