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  ( wrongs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( wronging    present participle)   ( wronged    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   If you say there is something wrong, you mean there is something unsatisfactory about the situation, person, or thing you are talking about.  
v-link ADJ, oft ADJ with n     (Antonym: right)    Pain is the body's way of telling us that something is wrong..., Nobody seemed to notice anything wrong..., What's wrong with him?     
2       adj   If you choose the wrong thing, person, or method, you make a mistake and do not choose the one that you really want.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: right)    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.     
      Wrong is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v     (Antonym: right)    You've done it wrong..., I must have dialed wrong.     
3       adj   If something such as a decision, choice, or action is thewrong one, it is not the best or most suitable one.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: right)    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.     
4       adj   If something is wrong, it is incorrect and not in accordance with the facts.,   (Antonym: right)    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.     
      Wrong is also an adverb., adv   ADV after v  
I must have added it up wrong, then..., It looks like it's spelled wrong..., I can see exactly where he went wrong.     
  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.     
5       adj   If something is wrong or goes wrongwith a machine or piece of equipment, it stops working properly.  
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ with n  
We think there's something wrong with the computer..., Something must have gone wrong with the satellite link.     
6       adj   If you are wrong about something, what you say or think about it is not correct.  
v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about n, ADJ in -ing, it v-link ADJ to-inf, ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: right)    I was wrong about it being a casual meeting..., It would be wrong to assume that rich countries will always be able to insulate themselves with drugs against the ravages of new diseases..., I'm sure you've got it wrong. Kate isn't like that..., It's been very nice to prove them wrong.     
7       adj   If you think that someone was wrongto do something, you think that they should not have done it because it was bad or immoral.  
ADJ to-inf     (Antonym: right)    She was wrong to leave her child alone..., We don't consider we did anything wrong.     
      Wrong is also a noun., n-uncount  
...a man who believes that he has done no wrong.     
8       adj   Wrong is used to refer to activities or actions that are considered to be morally bad and unacceptable.  
v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ to-inf/that  
Is it wrong to try to save the life of someone you love?..., They thought slavery was morally wrong..., The only thing I consider wrong is when you hurt someone..., There is nothing wrong with journalists commenting on the attractiveness of artists.     
      Wrong is also a noun., n-uncount     (Antonym: right)    Johnson didn't seem to be able to tell the difference between right and wrong.     
9       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.     
10       verb   If someone wrongs you, they treat you in an unfair way.  
You have wronged my mother...      V n  
She felt she'd been wronged...      V n  
Those who have wronged must be ready to say: `We have hurt you by this injustice.'      V  
11       adj   You use wrong to describe something which is not thought to be socially acceptable or desirable.  
ADJ n  
If you went to the wrong school, you won't get the job...     
12    If a situation goes wrong, it stops progressing in the way that you expected or intended, and becomes much worse.  
go wrong      phrase   V inflects  
It all went horribly wrong...     
13    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.  
in the wrong      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
He didn't press charges because he was in the wrong...     
    not far wrong  
    to get off on the wrong foot  
    to get hold of the wrong end of the stick  
    to be barking up the wrong tree  

wrong-foot        ( wrong-foots    3rd person present)   ( wrong-footing    present participle)   ( wrong-footed    past tense & past participle  ) , wrong foot   If you wrong-foot someone, you surprise them by putting them into an unexpected or difficult situation.  
  (mainly BRIT)      verb  
He has surprised his supporters and wrong-footed his opponents with his latest announcement.      V n  
If you describe someone as wrong-headed, you mean that although they act in a determined way, their actions and ideas are based on wrong judgments.      adj  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
something easy to get
to become very upset about something, usually something that is not important
Other expression: to get your knickers in a knot
to begin something, to get a process started
If I could just get the ball rolling, then other people would help. Now that we're acquainted, let's get the ball rolling!
acronym for Let Me Know, as to ask the other party to get back to you
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
Right of every person to get any information online without any restriction
[Tech.] Right of information
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).
get drunk or take drugs; get high
get seriously involved in a relationship
= get your knickers in a twist/knot
US English, colloquial
launch the process, launch the project, make sure that progress is under way
go crazy; get angry; lose self-control
E.g.: I will lose it if we keep listening to this song.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
means "that's just the way it is"
c'est comme ça, point barre
it occurred to me, I suddenly thought of it, I had an idea all of a sudden
E.g: I wondered all day long how to solve this problem and it suddenly hit me...I had to talk to Marry.
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
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