ADJ. fundamental, glaring, grave, great, major, monumental, serious The report contained some glaring errors. | fatal He made the fatal error of borrowing more than he could pay back. | minor, small | embarrassing, unfortunate | past The ability to learn from past errors is vital in business. | common | grammatical, spelling, typing | factual | tactical The Kenyan athlete made a tactical error in starting too fast. | administrative, clerical | human, pilot The plane crash was caused by human error, not mechanical failure.
VERB + ERROR commit, make He had committed a grave error in letting them see the document. She made several serious errors during the race. | contain The document contained a lot of typing errors. | detect, discover, find, spot I found several factual errors in the report. | point out The error was pointed out to her by one of her colleagues. | realize I only realized my error when it was too late. | avoid She has avoided the common error of writing too much. | correct, rectify Glasses can correct most errors in your vision. | compound The paper accidentally printed the victim's address, then compounded their error by printing her name the next day.
ERROR + VERB arise (from sth), occur errors arising from inadequate information
ERROR + NOUN detection | correction | message An error message comes up when I try to open the program.
PREP. in ~ The machine had been switched off in error (= by mistake). | ~ in He checked his letter for errors in spelling. He realized his error in not attending the funeral. | ~ of The speech contained many errors of fact.
PHRASES a comedy of errors His attempts to arrange a party ended up as a comedy of errors. | an error of judgement The minister had made an amazing error of judgement. | a margin of error The margin of error for a racing driver is tiny.