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 The part of the film that shows Hampton organising with Latino and white groups is also accurate. Lia Beck,, "Judas and the Black Messiah," 16 Feb. 2021 With California warning providers that a failure to administer vaccines fast enough could result in the state taking back doses, Sisson emphasized that the data the state relied on needed to be accurate. Los Angeles Times, "Data problems hurt California’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts," 14 Feb. 2021 Nurses try to paint a picture that's accurate, Vilione says, but the impulse to be kind and reassuring can sometimes run up against painful facts when a patient's condition doesn't improve. Star Tribune, "A duty to mend regret and heartbreak," 7 Feb. 2021 Punxsutawney Phil has been accurate only 40 percent of the time in the past 10 years, according to the weather service. Dallas News, "Dallas Arboretum’s groundhog guest predicts six more weeks of winter for Dallas-Fort Worth," 2 Feb. 2021 That brings the total to just over 9.8 million tests, so Whitmer’s number was accurate. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Fact check: Gov. Whitmer's State of the State address," 29 Jan. 2021 But that response signaled to me that the news was accurate. USA Today, "Reflections on covering the devastating news of helicopter crash that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant," 26 Jan. 2021 Formanek appeared to be referring to Antrim County, Michigan, where an unofficial preliminary tally on election night showed Biden had won the county, which was not accurate. Li Cohen, CBS News, "6 conspiracy theories about the 2020 election – debunked," 15 Jan. 2021 Nor have projections about stable federal budgets proven to be accurate in the past. Josh Boak, ajc, "Biden's aid plan could revamp economy, prompt GOP resistance," 15 Jan. 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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24 Feb 2021

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“Accurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 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

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accurately adverb

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