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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But, as MacRumors points out, dummy units that appear this late in the game are usually accurate. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 July 2021 As a result, occupancy of common spaces such as ballrooms, bars, lounges, restaurants and fitness centers might not be accurate, BlueZoo said. Leslie Scism, WSJ, 13 July 2021 This description may be accurate in the abstract, but in practice health insurance does not work this way in our country. Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 But the man’s harsh assessment of the finished product is accurate. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 7 July 2021 Neither is accurate, and yet, this week former President Donald Trump has actually taken it a step further by filing a lawsuit against Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and the companies' respective executives. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Going forward, consumers are more likely to see a check mark or other identification on their mobile phones to indicate that the phone number on that call is accurate, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 7 July 2021 Requiring buildings to hire their own engineers would increase costs on homeowners while also raising questions about how government could assure the reports being generated are accurate, Bauman added. Washington Post, 4 July 2021 Mickelson’s lawyer said the News report was accurate but questioned its timing, which coincided with Mickelson’s appearance in the area, ESPN reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, 3 July 2021

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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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The first known use of accurate was circa 1599

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18 Jul 2021

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“Accurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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