mistake

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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, colossal (esp. AmE), great, huge

It is a great mistake to assume that your children will agree with you.

bad, dreadful, fundamental, ghastly (esp. BrE), grave, horrible (esp. AmE), serious, terrible
costly, expensive

This dress was an expensive mistake.

disastrous, fatal, tragic
embarrassing
elementary, little, simple

All those problems because of one little mistake!

common
genuine, honest
deliberate
past

The company has learned from its past mistakes.

careless, dumb (AmE), foolish, stupid
grammar, grammatical, spelling
VERB + MISTAKE
make

I'm sorry, I made a mistake.

commit

They all commit similar mistakes.

repeat
learn from
pay for

Ordinary people are paying for the government's mistakes.

discover, realize

Too late, she realized her mistake.

avoid

We can help you avoid costly mistakes.

acknowledge, admit, admit to, recognize
correct, erase, fix (AmE), put right, rectify, undo
regret
forgive
point out

The teacher kindly pointed out the mistake.

eliminate

It isn't possible to eliminate all mistakes.

MISTAKE + VERB
happen, occur

Mistakes are bound to happen sometimes.

PREPOSITION
by mistake

I picked up the wrong bag by mistake.

mistake about

I made a mistake about her.

PHRASES
all a mistake

I kept telling myself that it was all a terrible mistake.

an easy mistake to make

Don't worry about it—it's an easy mistake to make!

make the mistake of doing sth

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that getting results is all that matters.

make the same mistake

Don't make the same mistake as I did.

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verb
ADVERB
easily

An unwary observer could easily mistake this constellation for a comet.

VERB + MISTAKE
cannot

You can't mistake him. He has long red hair.

PREPOSITION
for

I'm sorry. I mistook you for George.

People often mistake us for sisters.

PHRASES
there is no mistaking sth

There was no mistaking the admiration in his eyes.


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