Err Err ([~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Erred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Erring} (?; 277, 85).] [F. errer, L. errare; akin to G. irren, OHG. irran, v. t., irr[=o]n, v. i., OS. irrien, Sw. irra, Dan. irre, Goth, a['i]rzjan to lead astray, airzise astray.] 1. To wander; to roam; to stray. [Archaic] ``Why wilt thou err from me?'' --Keble. [1913 Webster]

What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath erred. --Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 12). [1913 Webster]

2. To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at. ``My jealous aim might err.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken. [1913 Webster]

The man may err in his judgment of circumstances. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

4. To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin. [1913 Webster]

Do they not err that devise evil? --Prov. xiv. 22. [1913 Webster]

5. To offend, as by erring. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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