err ( errs 3rd person present) ( erring present participle) ( erred past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you err, you make a mistake.
FORMAL, OLD-FASHIONED It criticises the main contractor for seriously erring in its original estimates... V in n
If you make a threat be sure to carry it out if he errs again. V
2 If you err on the side of caution, for example, you decide to act in a cautious way, rather than take risks.
to err on the side of sth phrase V inflects
They may be wise to err on the side of caution..., He probably erred on the conservative rather than the generous side.
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