accurate

adjective
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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Other Words from accurate

accurately \ ˈa-​kyə-​rət-​lē How to pronounce accurately (audio) , ˈa-​k(ə-​)rət-​ , ˈa-​k(y)ərt-​ \ adverb
accurateness \ -​kyə-​rət-​nəs How to pronounce accurateness (audio) , -​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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The bill would authorize government inspections of facilities where products are made, require accurate and detailed ingredient lists on products, and create a protocol for recalling products if they are found to be harmful or hazardous. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "Are Your Beauty Products Toxic? A New Senate Bill Aims to Tackle Unregulated Ingredients," 9 Mar. 2019 This is a very accurate and most effective weapon that is very difficult to fight with using traditional air-defense systems. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Kalashnikov Is Getting into the Business of Self-Destructing Drones," 20 Feb. 2019 In other words, drug makers can be sued for warnings that the FDA deemed were accurate and adequate. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Fighting a Tort Plague," 6 Jan. 2019 Our engineering team is actively working to ensure our new weight database—which includes tens of millions of items—is as accurate and up to date as possible. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Instacart changes how it pays shoppers, but many say they’re now making less," 18 Nov. 2018 Cate, his fastball accurate and his curveball sharp, got the last out in the third, and went on to throw 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, with two walks and six strikeouts, throwing 82 pitches, 55 for strikes. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Tim Cate Rescues UConn; Huskies Stay Alive With 10-3 Win," 2 June 2018 Note: All prices were accurate at time of publishing. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 The details and photographs are provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and are accurate as of press time. Judith Zizzo, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Child pornography, illegal firearms among recent Boynton arrests," 3 July 2018 The ensemble has long been viewed as an indispensable purveyor of punk, but that characterization is only partially accurate. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Social Distortion headlines the Middle of the Map Fest June 30 at Crossroads KC.," 13 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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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 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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