mistook mistook  /mɪs ˈtʊk/


  1. (n) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  2. (n) an understanding of something that is not correct
  3. (n) part of a statement that is not correct
  4. (v) identify incorrectly
  5. (v) to make a mistake or be incorrect

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  1. Police believe that the killer mistook one of the youths, who had long blond hair, for a woman.
  2. The day ended at a hotel in Cherry Hill, where a waitress mistook Mondale for Gary Hart.
  3. Their escort, an Arab-American attorney, said that he'd been stopped, while driving an expensive car, because the police mistook him for a black American.


  1. Ind. man sentenced to 3 years for shooting Mich. teen mistaken for coyote

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man who shot and killed a Michigan teenager whom he said he mistook for a coyote has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: 22 WSBT South Bend

  2. Man who shot teen during game sentenced

    A Shelbyville man who mistook a teen for a coyote and fatally shot him during a paintball game has been sentenced to prison.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: WRTV Indianapolis

  3. Clouds in downtown Omaha cause confusion overnight

    Callers mistook clouds for smoke at the First National Bank Tower Saturday night.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: KETV 7 Omaha


  1. Speaking on the British talk show "GMTV," Brand said "There was a deep craving within me - I mistook it for lust. I thought I was promiscuous, but it turns out I was just thorough - to get the right one. I'm ever so happy."
    on Dec 7, 2009 By: Russell Brand Source: Actress Archives

  2. "I do think there's a chance that Congressional elites mistook their mandate," Mr. Bayh said. "I don't think the American people last year voted for higher taxes, higher deficits and a more intrusive government. But there's a perception that...
    on Jan 16, 2010 By: Evan Bayh Source: New York Times

  3. "We got ourselves as a global economy, certainly led here in the US, into a set of difficulties because we mistook, we were confused by growth that was triggered by borrowing money," Ballmer told the audience of hundreds of business executives,...
    on Oct 3, 2009 By: Steve Ballmer Source: Xinhua

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