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err
American English: /ɛr/
, /ər/
British English: /əː/

Translation of err in Spanish:

intransitive verb

[formal]
  • 1.1 (be mistaken) See examples:to err in something/-ing
    equivocarse or errar en algo/al + infinitive
    I prefer to err on the side of caution
    prefiero pecar de cauteloso or por exceso de precaución
    Example sentences
    • He has done a good job as far as trying to protect us, but we think he erred in these areas, and we feel we can do better, because our strengths are what they are.
    • The army denied the curfew was lifted, but said an initial inquiry ‘indicates that the force erred in its action’.
    • I may have erred in posting anything here about this sad dispute.
    1.2 (stray)
    incurrir en falta
    to err from the path of righteousness
    apartarse del camino del bien
    to err is human, to forgive divine
    Example sentences
    • Traffic officers as a matter of routine, get ‘oiled’ by erring motorists for turning a blind eye to defective, unroadworthy or overloaded vehicles, sometimes with fatal consequences.
    • A hotline number has been made available to report corruption and erring officials will be suspended on the spot.
    • Some other police forces have run schemes where residents have been given the opportunity to speak to erring drivers and point out how their speed or manner of driving could put members of the community at risk.

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