mistake for - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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.

See also main entry: mistake