noun ADJ. great, terrible | past | legal, moral | civil, criminal There are various kinds of civil wrongs, or torts. VERB + WRONG commit, do (sb), inflict If they do wrong, they have to be punished. You are answerable in court for wrongs done to individuals. According to her, her son could do no wrong. He admitted he had done her wrong and asked for forgiveness. | compensate (sb) for, make up for, put right, redress, right, undo How can we right these wrongs? | suffer It's the job of the newspapers to expose the wrongs suffered by such people. | forgive The two communities must learn to forgive past wrongs. | acknowledge, apologize for, recognize | see no I see no wrong in asking him to share the expenses. | expose | avenge, take revenge for PREP. in the ~ Although he knew he was in the wrong, he wouldn't apologize. PHRASES the difference between right and wrong Children have to learn the difference between right and wrong. | the rights and wrongs (of sth) Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation, there's not a lot we can do., adj. VERBS be, seem | go Things seemed to be going horribly wrong. | get sth He got all his sums wrong. | find sth The doctor could find nothing physically wrong with him. | get sb Don't get me wrong (= don't misunderstand me)?I'm not asking for any favours. | prove sb She was able to prove him wrong. ADV. all, badly, disastrously, drastically, grossly, hopelessly, horribly, seriously, terribly, tragically You've got it all wrong. I never meant to imply that you were responsible. | absolutely, completely, entirely, fundamentally, quite, totally, wholly | just, simply She's simply wrong for this job. | not far They weren't far wrong with their estimate of 100,000. | not necessarily | clearly, obviously, plainly | morally, physically PREP. about You were completely wrong about Maurice. He's not leaving. | with She was worried that there was something seriously wrong with her.
Oxford Collocations Dictionary
not correct or right – used about facts, answers etc, or people:
• For every wrong answer, you lose five points. • The figure he gave me was wrong. • I think you’re wrong about that.
something that is incorrect is wrong because someone has made a mistake. Incorrect is more formal than wrong:
• I’m afraid these prices are incorrect. • The doctor had made an incorrect diagnosis.
something that is inaccurate is not exactly right and contains mistakes:
• inaccurate information • inaccurate measurements • The old maps were often inaccurate.
not based on true facts:
• Are the following statements true or false? • He was accused of giving false information to the police.
[ not usually before noun ] not based on true facts, especially because someone is lying or guessing:
• I can’t believe he said that about me. It’s completely untrue! • The allegations were untrue.
a misleading statement or piece of information makes people believe something that is wrong, especially because it does not give all the facts:
• The article was very misleading. • misleading statistics
a misguided decision, belief, action etc is wrong because it is based on bad judgement or understanding:
• That decision seems misguided now. • It was the consequence of a misguided economic policy.
wrong – used about ideas and beliefs. Also used about a person being wrong. You’re mistaken sounds more polite and less direct than saying you’re wrong:
• She’s completely mistaken if she thinks that I don’t care about her. • a mistaken belief
• I may be completely wrong.
• In most cases judges are right, but in a few they are hopelessly wrong.
get something wrong
• They’ve got their sums wrong.
be proved wrong
(= be shown to be wrong )
• People do not like to be proved wrong.
there is something/nothing wrong
• There’s something wrong with this yogurt.
something/nothing is wrong
• It was four whole days before anyone even noticed something was wrong.
• What’s wrong with your leg?
• Something is very wrong.
• Harry felt sure that something was terribly wrong.