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


bang on [chiefly British], correct, dead-on, exact, good, on-target, precise, proper, right, so, spot-on, true, veracious


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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Police say that accurate registrations are important for public safety. Amanda Milkovits,, "Woonsocket tells motorists: pay up," 9 Aug. 2019 The new meter is accurate to 1.5 percent over the normal flow range — down to 0.1 gallon per minute. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "What’s going on with Pearland water meters?," 8 Aug. 2019 The computer can generate images which are statistically accurate representations of a dog, for instance, while still not quite understanding the visual nuances of fur. The Economist, "What is a deepfake?," 7 Aug. 2019 The Norwegian native is on the second line of the Ravens depth chart behind Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Dan Wiederer,, "Why the Bears should keep an eye on Ravens kicker Kaare Vedvik: ‘He’ll kick well enough for us to trade him'," 6 Aug. 2019 The third most-accurate forecaster for the currency last quarter predicts the baht will rise to 30.25 per dollar by the end of the year, from about 30.74 on Wednesday. Fortune, "The Currency That’s Quietly Emerged as Asia’s Safest Bet," 6 Aug. 2019 Close the refrigerator door and wait a couple of hours for the most accurate read. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make Sure Your Refrigerator Is Actually at a Safe Temperature," 29 July 2019 In 2002 he was recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing a playing card 216 feet and being named the fastest, farthest and most accurate card thrower. Joan Rusek,, "A good film deserves a summer beverage and a good tip: Valley Views," 28 July 2019 During her time in space, Voss participated in the first shuttle rendezvous with Russia's Mir space station and helped produce what was then the most accurate digital topographic map of the Earth. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Meet these 12 astronauts — each from Indiana," 20 July 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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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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