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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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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This process allows for extremely accurate reverse engineering of the denominator representing the total player base for an Achievement percentage. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 There's an art to understanding table turns, being able to quote people accurate wait times. Sarah Nardi, Chicago Reader, "The Bongo Room turns 25: A look back at Wicker Park's beloved brunch spot," 5 July 2018 While the threat simulation hypothesis can be interpreted to support the tweet that started this whole thing, Robb tells me there’s also evidence to suggest it’s not totally accurate. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Why Don’t We Dream About Our Smartphones?," 5 July 2018 Do not miss the large display of hummingbird species or the Ware Collection of glass flowers, highly detailed and accurate models of hundreds of flowering and nonflowering plants created by Czech glassworkers. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 But if an eye-popping new video tweeted out by a major hyperloop firm is accurate, the view could be spectacular. Kate Baggaley /, NBC News, "This trippy optical illusion could make hyperloop tubes transparent," 29 June 2018 The hardest-core opiate user still wants to be accurate. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Why Retailers Are Installing Blue Lights In Bathrooms to Discourage Drug Use," 25 June 2018 Among a first pool of 68 participants, the belt proved about 90 percent accurate in distinguishing IBS. Alan Mozes,, "Tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder," 8 June 2018 Artificial intelligence is more than 90 percent accurate when diagnosing diabetic retinopathy — which is better than humans, Cuadros said. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Google sets sights on frontier of artificial intelligence: curing blindness," 7 May 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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