Mistake Mis*take" (m[i^]s*t[=a]k"), v. t. [imp. & obs. p. p. {Mistook} (m[i^]s*t[oo^]k"); p. p. {Mistaken} (m[i^]s*t[=a]k"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Mistaking}.] [Pref. mis- + take: cf. Icel. mistaka.] 1. To take or choose wrongly. [Obs. or R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To take in a wrong sense; to misunderstand misapprehend, or misconceive; as, to mistake a remark; to mistake one's meaning. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

My father's purposes have been mistook. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To substitute in thought or perception; as, to mistake one person for another. [1913 Webster]

A man may mistake the love of virtue for the practice of it. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

4. To have a wrong idea of in respect of character, qualities, etc.; to misjudge. [1913 Webster]

Mistake me not so much, To think my poverty is treacherous. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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