correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.
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.
precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.
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 correct in a Sentence
I hate it when she corrects my grammar.
Please correct your essay for punctuation errors.
Our teacher hasn't finished correcting our tests yet.
He corrects papers with a red pen.
We are finding ways to correct this difficult situation.
We'll correct the problem with the circuit as soon as possible.
These medicines are used for correcting chemical imbalances in the brain. Adjective
What's the correct answer to this question?
Her watch never tells the correct time.
an anatomically correct drawing of the human body
Did I give you the correct change?
With the correct amount of water and sunlight, the plant will grow well. See More
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Errors are corrected during the press run whenever possible, so some errors noted here may not have appeared in all editions.—New York Times, 26 Sep. 2023 But the genetic data in the huge study correct this story, says Wei Chen, a senior research scientist at Yunnan Agricultural University in China and one of the study's leaders.—Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 19 Sep. 2023 Seattle gave up more than 400 total yards for the second straight week, but Smith and the offense might be good enough to give the defense time to correct its mistakes.—C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 Hopefully, after nearly 80 years, that situation will be corrected with the first complete studio recording (Mack Avenue, out now) of Williams’s 1945 masterpiece, by the outstanding contemporary pianist Aaron Diehl and an orchestra, The Knights, conducted by Eric Jacobsen.—Will Friedwald, WSJ, 19 Sep. 2023 The article was also updated to correct which species in the stem cell zoo have the fastest and slowest segmentation-clock oscillations.—Quanta Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 This story has been corrected to reflect Ford’s CEO and his compensation in 2019.—Alexandra Olson, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 What bothered me the most was the lack of proper etiquette in a theater, and that rather than correct their children, the mothers scolded me.—Judith Martin, oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2023 Mao’s goal was not to divert the public’s attention but to stabilize the border by destroying the new Indian positions and correct any perception that China was weak.—M. Taylor Fravel, Foreign Affairs, 15 Sep. 2023
Picking the correct jurors could become another factor in a slow trial, according to legal expert and Professor RonNell Andersen Jones.—Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023 If Wall Street is correct, the weight loss drugs will rival some of the best selling drugs of all time.—WSJ, 26 Sep. 2023 Shoppers also mention that this style runs large, so keep that in mind when choosing your correct size.—Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 He is trained to attack if given the correct set of orders, in German.—Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 Do not give Advil to an infant younger than 6 months or aspirin to a child younger than 18.14
Follow the instructions on the label to give your infant or child the correct amount of medicine.—Leah Groth, Health, 20 Sep. 2023 In a livestream video last month, CU star Travis Hunter, who suffered an injury in last week’s win over Colorado State and is out this week, acknowledged Lanning was correct in his statement at the time.—oregonlive, 18 Sep. 2023 This is one of the few times when everyone is correct.—Nathan Baird, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2023 The reason the Ravens are likely correct is because of those sheer numbers.—Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere, from com- + regere to lead straight — more at right
Middle English, corrected, from Latin correctus, from past participle of corrigere — see correctentry 1