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

Definition of accurate 

1 : free from error especially as the result of care an accurate diagnosis

2 : conforming exactly to truth or to a standard : exact providing accurate color

3 : able to give an accurate result an accurate gauge

4 : going to, reaching, or hitting the intended target : not missing the target an accurate shot/kick The next play, Johnson fielded a sharp grounder and made an accurate throw to first.— Joe Smith

5 : tending to hit the intended target an accurate free-throw shooter

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Other Words from accurate

accurately \ ˈa-​kyə-​rət-​lē , ˈa-​k(ə-​)rət-​, ˈa-​k(y)ərt-​ \ adverb
accurateness \ -​kyə-​rət-​nəs , -​k(ə-​)rət-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for accurate

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

Examples of accurate in a Sentence

The model is accurate down to the tiniest details. Her novel is historically accurate. The machines were not yet accurate enough to give useful results.
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For many years, changing technology made polling easier and more accurate, but the past decade has brought challenges. Michael Barone, WSJ, "‘Where Did You Get This Number?’ Review: Counting the Vote Ahead of Time," 4 Nov. 2018 But while the home addresses of the senators appear to be correct, the phone numbers weren’t entirely accurate, with most either disconnected or going to voicemail. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Republican senators doxxed on Wikipedia by someone from House of Representatives after Kavanaugh hearing," 28 Sep. 2018 That forecast proved accurate: Dust levels in Gale Crater had returned to normal by Sept. 18, according to the motor measurements, NASA officials said. Mike Wall,, "How the Curiosity Rover Detected a Monster Mars Dust Storm Will Surprise You," 28 Sep. 2018 The trackpad is large and accurate, and the keys are nice to type on. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "HP Chromebook x2 review: semi-pro," 27 Sep. 2018 The task requires accommodating and presenting hundreds of objects in a way that isn’t merely practical and accurate, but also compelling. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Announces 2018 Visionaries Gala," 19 Sep. 2018 Thompson says at the end, which, yup, that's accurate. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Emmys 2018 Best Moments: 12 Unforgettable Things You Need to Know About," 17 Sep. 2018 The sightings are everywhere on Twitter, with some more accurate than others: Spotted during the Suspiria world premiere in Venice Film Festival. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, September 7 Edition," 7 Sep. 2018 State environmental officials and some environmental groups insist their measurements are accurate, but the study highlights a little known aspect of the carbon emissions debate: the way the gases are counted. David Abel,, "Emissions measures could be too low," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of accurate

circa 1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accurate

borrowed from Latin accūrātus "prepared with care, studied, meticulous," from past participle of accūrāre "to give attention to, do carefully," from ad- ad- + cūrāre "to watch over, care for" — more at cure entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of accurate

: free from mistakes or errors

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


ac·​cu·​rate | \ˈa-kyə-rət \

Kids Definition of accurate

: free from mistakes : right an accurate answer

Other Words from accurate

accurately adverb

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