accurate

adjective
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

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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

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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Make sure the details your agent have are accurate: the square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the type of flooring. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 And even when users are accurate, their ratings may reflect factors beyond a service provider’s control, such as unexpected traffic. The Economist, "User-rating systems are cut-rate substitutes for a skilful boss," 28 June 2018 O’Malley’s claim that the state’s rank for public education, as measured by Education Week, has fallen by one measure is accurate — and often repeated by Democratic candidates. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Rushern Baker unleashes O'Malley on Gov. Hogan in Democratic campaign for Maryland governor," 21 June 2018 Draft night can be a pretty accurate depiction of what a career in professional basketball is like. Matt Babcock, SI.com, "The Dreams and Nightmares of Every Agent on NBA Draft Night," 18 June 2018 Believe it or not, the four lead characters (Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbes, and Samantha Jones) are actually pretty accurate examples of the four elements of the Zodiac (fire, earth, air, and water) and their respective vibes. refinery29.com, "The Elements Of The Zodiac, As Defined By The Women Of Sex And The City," 6 June 2018 Some predictions were wild, others were surprisingly accurate. The Economist, "Ceasefires in South Sudan seldom last," 5 July 2018 The opening montage of news clips about cyberattacks hardly provides an accurate introduction to Jeremy Culver's offbeat romantic comedy/drama. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'No Postage Necessary': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Rivera discusses different attempts made to track this movement and how accurate those numbers are. Wesley Alden, OrlandoSentinel.com, "PODCAST: Tracking Puerto Rican migration: Families, students forced to flee (Ep. 36)," 28 June 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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accurate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of accurate

: free from mistakes or errors

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

accurate

adjective
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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