mistake
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
mistake(
mih
-
steyk
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (gaffe, bad move)
a. el error
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She made a few grammar mistakes but had perfect pronunciation.Hizo algunos errores gramaticales, pero su pronunciación era perfecta.
b. la equivocación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Coming to live here was a total mistake.Venir a vivir aquí fue una equivocación total.
2. (misunderstanding)
a. la equivocación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We sent it to you by mistake.Se lo enviamos por equivocación.
b. el error
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There must be some mistake. I've never been to Arizona.Tiene que haber algún error. Yo nunca he estado en Arizona.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to wrongly identify)
a. confundir
They often mistook her for a famous model.A menudo la confundían con una modelo famosa.
4. (to fail to recognize)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It's impossible to mistake its smell.Su olor es inconfundible.
There's no mistaking her for a feeble woman.Está claro que no es una mujer débil.
5. (to misinterpret)
a. malinterpretar
The media mistook everything I said.Los medios de comunicación malinterpretaron todo lo que dije.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
mistake
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. la error m, equivocación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
to make a mistakecometer un error
make no mistakepuedes estar seguro(a)
by mistakepor error or equivocación
2. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
this is hard work and no mistake!no cabe duda de que es un trabajo duro
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (misunderstand)
a. interpretar mal
I mistook her intentionsinterpreté mal sus intenciones
4. (confuse)
a. confundir
I mistook him for someone elselo confundí con otra persona
there's no mistaking a voice like that!¡esa voz es inconfundible!
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
mistake [mɪsˈteɪk] mistook (past)mistaken (participle:past)
noun
1 error (m)
there must be some mistake debe de haber algún error
there must be no mistake about it to acknowledge admit one's mistake he soon [realized] his mistake I think there's been a mistake - I said 8 o'clock my mistake was that I trusted him I'm sure it was just a simple mistake, sir it's a mistake [to] assume that she'll agree I think it's a serious mistake to confuse books with life
by mistake
he has been arrested by mistake lo detuvieron por error or equivocación; he fired the gun by mistake disparó la pistola sin querer
he took my hat in mistake for his confundió mi sombrero con el suyo
to make a mistake (gen) cometer un error; (be mistaken) equivocarse
they made the mistake of asking too much cometieron el error de pedir demasiado; the doctor must have made a mistake el médico debe de haberse equivocado
I made a mistake in letting her go you're making a big mistake don't make the mistake of underestimating him it's an easy mistake to make
make no mistake about it let there be no mistake about it y que no quepa la menor duda
my mistake! ¡la culpa es mía!; es culpa mía
she's pretty and no mistake (informal) es guapa de verdad or con ganas (informal)
2 (in piece of work) error (m); fallo (m)
his essay was full of mistakes su trabajo estaba lleno de errores or fallos
there was never a single mistake in her typing her mother sighed and rubbed out another mistake in the crossword puzzle
if you make a mistake, start again si te equivocas, vuelve a empezar
if you make a mistake you can always rub it out
spelling mistake falta (f) de ortografía
spelling mistakes are often just the result of haste
transitive verb
1 (misunderstand) [+meaning, remark] malinterpretar
I'm sorry, I mistook your meaning perdón, te malinterpreté or no te entendí bien; there was no mistaking his intention su intención estaba clarísima
no one should mistake how serious the issue is the government completely mistook the feeling of the country
2 (mix up, confuse) [+time, road] equivocarse de
I mistook the turning to your house me equivoqué al torcer para ir a tu casa
to mistake sth/sb for sth/sb confundir algo/a algn con algo/algn
he is often mistaken for Peter se le confunde muchas veces con Peter; she mistook his attention for interest erróneamente, interpretó su atención como interés; she could easily be mistaken for a boy se la podría confundir fácilmente con un chico
I mistook you for Carlos when hayfever first occurs it is often mistaken for a summer cold maybe the office cleaner mistook the papers for scrap
there's no mistaking her voice su voz es inconfundible
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Word Roots
Hover on a tile to learn new words with the same root.
Loading roots
Examplesloading
Learn Spanish with Fluencia
Try Fluencia, the new Spanish learning program from SpanishDict.
  • Fun and interactive
  • Highly effective
  • Easy to use
  • Works on any device
Start Learning
Did this page answer your question?