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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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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None of these systems are 100 percent accurate, however; as a final step, humans get involved. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 But not all mental health professionals are sure it’s entirely necessary (or, more to the point, more accurate) than pointing out underlying conditions that lead to what may seem like video game addiction. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Gaming Disorder, Valeant Stock, Migrant Family Separation and Health," 18 June 2018 Demi noticed too and nicely pointed out that the image wasn't exactly accurate. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Times Demi Lovato's Epic Clap-Backs Left Us SHAKING," 29 Mar. 2019 Instead, Facebook is working to implement a plan by which accurate information about vaccines from expert organizations will appear at the top of search results. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Facebook Just Announced a Plan to Crack Down on Anti-Vaxxers," 7 Mar. 2019 That continuous mapping created a 3D image of the cathedral that Tallon once said was accurate to within five millimeters. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 Unfortunately, [only] 34 states and the District of Columbia mandate HIV education; only 13 states mandate that the information has to be medically accurate. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What These 4 Young People Want You to Know About HIV," 10 Apr. 2019 Smartphone apps can usually find users quickly, but 911 is often less accurate at finding callers from their cellphones. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "FCC Tackles 911 Dilemma: What Floor Are You Calling From?," 15 Mar. 2019 Assuming that the 60 percent intercept rate is accurate, that is enough to ensure the shoot-down of up to 11 incoming warheads. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Claims Success in New Missile Defense Test," 26 Mar. 2019

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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

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accurately adverb

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