wrong

[[t]rɒ̱ŋ, AM rɔ͟ːŋ[/t]]
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wrongs, wronging, wronged
1) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ with n If you say there is something wrong, you mean there is something unsatisfactory about the situation, person, or thing you are talking about.

Pain is the body's way of telling us that something is wrong...

Nobody seemed to notice anything wrong.

...a relationship that felt wrong from the start...

He sensed that something was very wrong...

What's wrong with him?

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2) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you choose the wrong thing, person, or method, you make a mistake and do not choose the one that you really want.

He went to the wrong house...

The wrong man had been punished...

Could you have given them the wrong drug by mistake?...

There is no right or wrong way to do these exercises.

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ADV: ADV after v
Wrong is also an adverb.

You've done it wrong... I must have dialed wrong.

3) ADJ: ADJ n If something such as a decision, choice, or action is the wrong one, it is not the best or most suitable one.

I really made the wrong decision there...

The wrong choice of club might limit your chances of success...

We got married when I was 30 for all the wrong reasons.

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4) ADJ If something is wrong, it is incorrect and not in accordance with the facts.

How do you know that this explanation is wrong?...

20 per cent of the calculations are wrong.

...a clock which showed the wrong time...

Lots of people got the questions wrong.

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Derived words:
wrongly ADV ADV with v

A child was wrongly diagnosed as having a bone tumour...

Civilians assume, wrongly, that everything in the military runs smoothly.

ADV: ADV after v
Wrong is also an adverb.

I must have added it up wrong, then... It looks like it's spelled wrong... I can see exactly where he went wrong.

5) ADJ: v-link ADJ, usu ADJ with n If something is wrong or goes wrong with a machine or piece of equipment, it stops working properly.

We think there's something wrong with the computer...

Something must have gone wrong with the satellite link.

6) ADJ: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about n, ADJ in -ing, it v-link ADJ to-inf, ADJ to-inf If you are wrong about something, what you say or think about it is not correct.

I was wrong about it being a casual meeting...

Am I wrong in thinking that?...

It would be wrong to assume that rich countries will always be able to insulate themselves with drugs against the ravages of new diseases...

He was wrong to call it science...

I'm sure you've got it wrong. Kate isn't like that...

It's been very nice to prove them wrong.

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7) ADV: ADV after v (feelings) You can use wrong in expressions such as you thought wrong and you heard wrong to tell someone that what they thought or were told is incorrect, usually when you are annoyed.

I thought you and I were going to spend the night together,' he whispered. `You thought wrong,' Nancy whispered back.

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8) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ to-inf If you think that someone was wrong to do something, you think that they should not have done it because it was bad or immoral.

She was wrong to leave her child alone...

We don't consider we did anything wrong.

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N-UNCOUNT
Wrong is also a noun.

...a man who believes that he has done no wrong.

9) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ to-inf/that Wrong is used to refer to activities or actions that are considered to be morally bad and unacceptable.

Is it wrong to try to save the life of someone you love?...

It is wrong that we have to tell ill people to go somewhere else to look for treatment...

They thought slavery was morally wrong...

You mustn't do that. It's wrong...

The only thing I consider wrong is when you hurt someone...

There is nothing wrong with journalists commenting on the attractiveness of artists.

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N-UNCOUNT
Wrong is also a noun.

Johnson didn't seem to be able to tell the difference between right and wrong.

10) N-COUNT A wrong is an unfair or immoral action.

I intend to right that wrong...

The insurance company should not be held liable for the wrongs of one of its agents.

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11) VERB If someone wrongs you, they treat you in an unfair way.

[V n] You have wronged my mother...

[V n] She felt she'd been wronged...

Those who have wronged must be ready to say: `We have hurt you by this injustice.'

12) ADJ: ADJ n You use wrong to describe something which is not thought to be socially acceptable or desirable.

If you went to the wrong school, you won't get the job...

The prospect of easy profits has attracted the wrong kind of businessman.

13) PHRASE You say `Don't get me wrong' when you want to make sure that someone does not get an incorrect idea about what you are doing or saying, or about why you are doing or saying it.

Don't get me wrong, it's interesting work. But it's not permanent...

I mean, don't get me wrong. Joanie's my best friend, but she can be kind of a pain sometimes.

14) PHRASE: V inflects If a situation goes wrong, it stops progressing in the way that you expected or intended, and becomes much worse.

It all went horribly wrong...

Nearly everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.

15) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If someone who is involved in an argument or dispute has behaved in a way which is morally or legally wrong, you can say that they are in the wrong.

He didn't press charges because he was in the wrong...

She was the one in the wrong.

16) CONVENTION If someone says `Two wrongs don't make a right', they mean that you should not do harm to a person who has done harm to you, even if you think that person deserves it.
17) not far wrongsee far
to get off on the wrong footsee foot
to get hold of the wrong end of the sticksee stick
to be barking up the wrong treesee tree

English dictionary. 2008.

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