ac·​cu·​rate | \ ˈa-kyə-rət How to pronounce accurate (audio) , 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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accurateness \ ˈa-​kyə-​rət-​nəs How to pronounce accurate (audio) , ˈa-​k(ə-​)rət-​nəs \ noun

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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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web When Evan McPherson tried a game-winning one-point kick, the snap from Mitchell Wilcox was accurate. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 For starters, CGMs aren’t always accurate, because there’s often a time lag of 10 to 15 minutes and a 10- or 20-point difference between what your CGM says and your actual blood glucose level. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 9 Sep. 2022 The information presented here was either taken directly from a company's website or verified through customer service calls, and was accurate at the time of publication. Maddie Topliff, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2022 As a reminder, most trademarks in those leaks were accurate, with Marvel announcing many of those titles in mid-July. Chris Smith, BGR, 8 Sep. 2022 Again, historical advisors were present to ensure that every detail and accessory on set was accurate, as is shown in the making-of. Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022 The steering is accurate and feels weighty for a mainstream crossover, and the Santa Fe handles curvy roads impressively for a vehicle of its size, minimizing body roll well. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2022 The new, more accurate maps will be used to help distribute $42.45 billion from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program created by Congress in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2022 Right before Webster turned on his camera, Xavier told him that Anton was schizophrenic, which wasn't accurate. NBC News, 4 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Accurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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ac·​cu·​rate | \ ˈa-kyə-rət How to pronounce accurate (audio) \

Kids Definition of accurate

: free from mistakes : right an accurate answer

Other Words from accurate

accurately adverb

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