error

error
noun
1 (C, U) a mistake, especially a mistake in speaking or writing or a mistake that causes serious problems: an essay full of spelling errors | Heath committed a grave error by making concessions to the right wing of the party. | computer/driver etc error: Mrs Leigh's huge phone bill was the result of a computer error. | human error (=made by a person rather than a machine) | commit an error (=make a mistake): Heath committed an error by making concessions to extremists. | a grave error (=a serious mistake)
2 error of judgment a mistake in the way that you examine a situation and decide what to do
3 see the error of your ways literary or humorous to realize that you have been behaving badly and decide to stop
4 be in error to have made a mistake, especially when making an official decision: The company has admitted that they were in error.
5 in error if you do something in error, it is wrong but you did not intend to do it: The letter was opened in error.
—compare mistake 1, —see also: trial and error trial 1 (3)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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