au·​to·​cor·​rect ˈȯ-(ˌ)tō-kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce autocorrect (audio)
: 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.
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

Examples of autocorrect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The keyboard now leverages a transformer language model, which is state of the art for word prediction, making autocorrect more accurate than ever. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 5 June 2023 Other changes coming to iOS 17 include a more accurate autocorrect, improved dictation in iMessage, and a more responsive Siri. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 8 Aug. 2023 The new tablet software update is set to gain many of the same features of iOS 17, including a handful of new Messages features (like automatic voice note transcriptions), expanded AirDrop capabilities, and smarter autocorrect for text input. Chris Welch, The Verge, 5 June 2023 The next generation of autocorrect was one of several small updates to the iPhone experience that Apple announced earlier this month. Caroline Mimbs Nyce, The Atlantic, 20 June 2023 Autocorrect improvements With iOS 17, users might finally stop apologizing for autocorrect. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 6 June 2023 The main issue is not having enough control over autocorrect, Chen says. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2023 Michaels asked, ultimately blaming the mix-up on autocorrect. Amanda Wicks, The Atlantic, 23 Jan. 2022 There is no autocorrect. Kc Cole, Wired, 9 Mar. 2021

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Word History


auto- + correct entry 1

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of autocorrect was in 1981

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“Autocorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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: a computer feature that attempts to correct the spelling of a word as the user types
autocorrect verb
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