adjective ac·cu·rate \ ˈa-kyə-rət , ˈa-k(ə-)rət \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

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


play \ˈa-kyə-rət-lē, ˈa-k(ə-)rət-, ˈa-k(y)ərt-\ adverb


play \-kyə-rət-nəs, -k(ə-)rət-nəs\ noun

Examples of accurate in a Sentence

  1. The model is accurate down to the tiniest details.

  2. Her novel is historically accurate.

  3. The machines were not yet accurate enough to give useful results.

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Origin and Etymology of 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 2cure

Synonym Discussion of accurate

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

ACCURATE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of accurate for English Language Learners

  • : free from mistakes or errors

  • : able to produce results that are correct : not making mistakes

ACCURATE Defined for Kids


adjective ac·cu·rate \ ˈa-kyə-rət \

Definition of accurate for Students

: free from mistakes : right
  • an accurate answer



Word Root of accurate

The Latin word cūrāre, meaning “to care,” gives us the root cur. Words from the Latin cūrāre have something to do with giving care. A cure, something that heals sickness, is something that cares for someone's health. Anything accurate has been carefully measured or supplied so that it is free from mistakes. A curator is a person who cares for the things in a museum.

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