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

Synonyms & Antonyms for accurate

Synonyms

bang on [chiefly British], correct, dead-on, exact, good, on-target, precise, proper, right, so, spot-on, true, veracious

Antonyms

false, improper, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, off, untrue, wrong

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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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Many women remarked that these techniques are no longer accurate in this new climate of violent environmental disasters. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 The first order of business was identifying which parts were historically accurate to 1969. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back from the Brink," 27 Nov. 2018 But often, those estimates are just that, guesses that don’t turn out to be accurate. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 subsidies are deeply unpopular, but far from uncommon," 14 Nov. 2018 At-home pregnancy tests are generally pretty reliable—most at-home pregnancy tests claim to be about 99 percent accurate, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About the U.K. Pregnancy Test Recall," 8 Oct. 2018 Days to maturity will vary a bit by environmental conditions, but these numbers should be fairly accurate. Hilary Dahl, Good Housekeeping, "How to Plant a Fall Garden and Grow Late-Season Crops," 22 July 2018 The passage is majestic, Churchillian and, on close inspection, not quite accurate in its understanding of what happened that night. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did Chivalry Go Down With the Titanic?," 14 Dec. 2018 The second patent application Nguyen found talks about using wifi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals to track users in a manner that is more accurate than GPS. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Advertisers can easily track you, your kid, your doctor, and the president," 11 Dec. 2018 The battery is rated at 95kWh with a nominal voltage of 396V. That gives the e-tron a WLTP-determined range of 248.5 miles (400km), although Audi is still waiting for the more accurate EPA rating to be determined. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 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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