adjective ac·cu·rate \ˈa-kyə-rət, ˈa-k(ə-)rət\

: free from mistakes or errors

: able to produce results that are correct : not making mistakes

Full Definition of ACCURATE

:  free from error especially as the result of care <an accurate diagnosis>
:  conforming exactly to truth or to a standard :  exact <providing accurate color>
:  able to give an accurate result <an accurate gauge>
ac·cu·rate·ly \ˈa-kyə-rət-lē, ˈa-k(ə-)rət-, ˈa-k(y)ərt-\ adverb
ac·cu·rate·ness \-kyə-rət-nəs, -k(ə-)rət-nəs\ noun

Examples of ACCURATE

  1. The model is accurate down to the tiniest details.
  2. Her novel is historically accurate.
  3. The machines were not yet accurate enough to give useful results.

Origin of ACCURATE

Latin accuratus, from past participle of accurare to take care of, from ad- + cura care
First Known Use: 1596

Synonym Discussion of ACCURATE

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects <correct your spelling>. rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed <rectify a misguided policy>. emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript <emend a text>. remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil <set out to remedy the evils of the world>. redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance <redress past social injustices>. amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes <amend a law>, reform implying drastic change <plans to reform the court system>, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes <revise the schedule>.

correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usually implies freedom from fault or error <correct answers> <socially correct dress>. accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care <an accurate description>. exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth <exact measurements>. precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation <precise calibration>. nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination <makes nice distinctions>. right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault <the right thing to do>.
ACCURATELY Defined for Kids


adjective ac·cu·rate \ˈa-kyə-rət\

Definition of ACCURATE for Kids

:  free from mistakes :  right <an accurate answer>
ac·cu·rate·ly adverb

Word Root of ACCURATE

The Latin word cūrāre, meaning to care, gives us the root cur. Words from the Latin cūrāre have something to do with giving care. A cure, something that heals sickness, is something that cares for someone's health. Anything accurate has been carefully measured or supplied so that it is free from mistakes. A curator is a person who cares for the things in a museum.


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