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verb cor·rect \kə-ˈrekt\

Simple Definition of correct

  • : to change (something) so that it is right, true, proper, etc. : to make (something) correct

  • : to mark the errors on (something that a person has written)

  • : to deal with or take care of (a problem, bad situation, etc.) successfully

Full Definition of correct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make or set right :  amend <correct an error> b :  counteract, neutralize <correct a harmful tendency> c :  to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition <correct a lens for spherical aberration>

  3. 2 a :  to punish (as a child) with a view to reforming or improving b :  to point out usually for amendment the errors or faults of <spent the day correcting tests>

cor·rect·able play \-ˈrek-tə-bəl\ adjective
cor·rec·tor play \-ˈrek-tər\ noun

Examples of correct

  1. I hate it when she corrects my grammar.

  2. Please correct your essay for punctuation errors.

  3. Our teacher hasn't finished correcting our tests yet.

  4. He corrects papers with a red pen.

  5. We are finding ways to correct this difficult situation.

  6. We'll correct the problem with the circuit as soon as possible.

  7. These medicines are used for correcting chemical imbalances in the brain.

Origin of correct

Middle English, from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere, from com- + regere to lead straight — more at right

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of correct

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>.

synonyms see in addition punish



adjective cor·rect

Simple Definition of correct

  • : true or accurate : agreeing with facts

  • : having no errors or mistakes

  • : proper or appropriate in a particular situation

Full Definition of correct

  1. 1 :  conforming to an approved or conventional standard <correct behavior>

  2. 2 :  conforming to or agreeing with fact, logic, or known truth <a correct response>

  3. 3 :  conforming to a set figure <enclosed the correct return postage>

  4. 4 :  conforming to the strict requirements of a specific ideology or set of beliefs or values <environmentally correct> <spiritually correct>

cor·rect·ly play \kə-ˈrek(t)-lē\ adverb
cor·rect·ness play \-ˈrek(t)-nəs\ noun

Examples of correct

  1. What's the correct answer to this question?

  2. Her watch never tells the correct time.

  3. an anatomically correct drawing of the human body

  4. Did I give you the correct change?

  5. With the correct amount of water and sunlight, the plant will grow well.

Origin of correct

Middle English, corrected, from Latin correctus, from past participle of corrigere

First Known Use: 1668

Synonym Discussion of correct

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>.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb cor·rect \kə-ˈrekt\

Medical Definition of correct

  1. :  to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition <correct a lens for spherical aberration>

  2. cor·rect·able \-ˈrek-tə-bəl\play adjective

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February 7, 2016

a slight offense

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