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

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

Other Words from autocorrect

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

First Known Use of autocorrect

1981, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Autocorrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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