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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There’s a legendary, if not wholly accurate, explanation for parental absence in these early movies., "The Subtle Reason Why Pixar Movies Differ From The Disney Classics Of Yore," 15 June 2018 If accurate, that would represent more than 10 percent of Alphabet’s ad revenue and about 5 percent of global search. The Editorial Board,, "The case for breaking up Google," 14 June 2018 While technically accurate, Sanders's tweet omitted key context. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "A misleading way the White House tries to shoot down media reports," 14 June 2018 That amount of benzene, if accurate, would be the largest release of that chemical in the last four years, including what was released during Hurricane Harvey, according to the TCEQ. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Restart of operations at Freeport's Dow Chemical Plant to release carcinogens," 1 June 2018 The pope’s remarks, if accurate, would reinforce his vision of inclusion, accompaniment and mercy. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "‘God Made You This Way,’ Pope Is Said to Have Told Gay Man," 21 May 2018 If accurate, the analysis would show that North Korea has taken concrete steps to dismantle the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea monitors claim nuclear test site dismantling has begun," 15 May 2018 The poll results track with other publicly available polling and, if accurate, match predictions from political observers around the state about the outcome of Tuesday's election. Seth A. Richardson,, "Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray up in new BWU poll of governor's race," 3 May 2018 The one the Belgian government released—for free!—in 2013 was accurate down to 30 centimeters. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 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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