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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Fortunately, Catalist, a progressive data vendor company, developed a new methodology for estimating the composition of the electorate that gives us demographics that are both accurate and comparable. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The 2018 electorate was older, whiter, and better educated than in 2016," 12 Nov. 2018 When maps got more accurate, Minnesota got a tiny little hat. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 The scans are both mesmerizing and a little gruesome, but most importantly they are detailed in a way that x-rays simply are not, which could lead to more accurate and personalized diagnoses. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 The mapping project shows off the dramatic topography of both bodies and offers more accurate measurements of some of their most stunning features. Meghan Bartels,, "Pluto and Charon Shine in Most Detailed Topographical Maps Ever," 12 July 2018 Quarterback Bryce Young was accurate and tight end Michael Martinez filled in nicely at times for Bru McCoy, who is injured. Eric Sondheimer,, "Ryan Hilinski continues to blossom into a star quarterback at Orange Lutheran," 7 July 2018 During court hearings, Ramos repeatedly interrupted the judge, who found the newspaper's reporting on his harassment case was accurate and not necessarily flattering. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos remembered as 'loner' obsessed with reputation," 29 June 2018 If bitcoin’s new price is realistic, reflecting a more accurate assessment of its fundamental value, then perhaps this year’s correction could put bitcoin on track for more mainstream adoption. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Has Bitcoin Entered the Doom Loop?," 29 June 2018 Ranks and deployments, which have changed in the interim, are accurate as of the time of the reporting. Estelle Hanania, Allure, "Sky Warriors: A Day in the Life of Women in the U.S. Air Force," 21 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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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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