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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Van Wagenen was asked whether the circulating rumors were accurate — in regards to deGrom being forced to exit from his start as a direct result of the general manager’s command. Deesha Thosar, courant.com, "Brodie Van Wagenen denies allegations of providing in-game directives to Mickey Callaway," 25 June 2019 The league also will have officials review all major penalties — except for fighting majors — to determine whether each call was accurate. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "NHL responds to playoff controversy, expands video review," 21 June 2019 The league also will allow officials to review major penalties to determine whether the call was accurate. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Devils select Jack Hughes at No. 1 in NHL draft," 21 June 2019 The technique has been proven to be accurate in several other independent national polls, Marlon said. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Poll: Many Texans thinks fossil fuel companies should pay for climate change," 20 June 2019 The league also will have officials review major penalties to determine whether the call was accurate. John Wawrow, The Denver Post, "NHL expands video review after calls missed in playoffs," 20 June 2019 These stories have prompted speculation, and having our artists and songwriters not knowing whether the speculation is accurate is completely unacceptable. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Universal Music Group Chief Lucian Grainge Addresses Vault Fire: 'We Owe Our Artists Transparency'," 18 June 2019 To ensure the phone numbers are accurate — an aggravation for political campaigns — rally-goers must confirm their tickets by providing a five-digit code sent to their mobile phones. Shannon Pettypiece, Fortune, "Trump Should Be a Shoo-in for 2020, But Low Approval Holds Him Back," 18 June 2019 His amendments to the bill would require doctors to use a standard exemption form and attest, under penalty of perjury, that the patient’s medical information is accurate. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "California vaccine-exemption crackdown amended to pull back on state control," 18 June 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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