autocorrect

noun au·to·cor·rect \ ˈȯ-(ˌ)tō-kə-ˈrekt \

Definition of autocorrect

: a computer feature that attempts to correct the spelling of a word as the user types it
  • The iPad boasts an autocorrect system that will try to figure out what you mean to type even when you don't quite tap the right keys.
  • —Dan Moren

autocorrect

verb, transitive + intransitive autocorrected; autocorrecting
    • When your phone autocorrects "I'll be around later" to "I'll be aroused later" in a text to your boss, a whole new level of mortifying sets in.
    • NPR.org
    • Did you know "kale" autocorrects to "Jake"? I found this out over Labor Day weekend when I jotted down this month's recipe in the notes section of my phone.
    • —Francesca Olsen

First Known Use of autocorrect

1981

in the meaning defined above

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