correct

1 of 2

verb

cor·​rect kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce correct (audio)
corrected; correcting; corrects

transitive verb

1
a
: to make or set right : amend
correct an error
The editor corrected the author's manuscript.
b
: counteract, neutralize
correct a harmful tendency
c
: to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition
correct a lens for spherical aberration
She's having surgery to correct her vision.
2
a
: to discipline or punish (someone) for some fault or lapse
… I was most rude then. Only a small boy, Sir, and I was corrected for it, I assure you, by my father … Rex Ingamells
b
: to point out usually for amendment the errors or faults of
spent the day correcting tests
correctable adjective
corrector noun

correct

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adjective

1
: conforming to an approved or conventional standard
correct behavior
2
: conforming to or agreeing with fact, logic, or known truth
a correct response
3
: conforming to a set figure
enclosed the correct return postage
4
: conforming to the strict requirements of a specific ideology or set of beliefs or values
environmentally correct
spiritually correct
correctly adverb
correctness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for correct

Verb

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong.

correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects.

correct your spelling

rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed.

rectify a misguided policy

emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript.

emend a text

remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil.

set out to remedy the evils of the world

redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance.

redress past social injustices

amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes

amend a law

, reform implying drastic change

plans to reform the court system

, and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes.

revise the schedule

synonyms see in addition punish

Adjective

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

Example Sentences

Verb 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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Even if parents are never given the opportunity to correct that mistake, their children may resolve to do the right thing if they are ever placed in that situation. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 21 Nov. 2022 At no point did the Healey campaign attempt to correct the Globe’s reporting of her place of residence. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Nov. 2022 The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District board last week approved an abatement order mandating New Leaf Biofuel correct the issue. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 The book identifies and analyzes examples of Black disability politics in order to correct the frequent overlooking and misrecognition that has typically occurred in scholarly evaluations of disability in Black activism and culture. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 25 Oct. 2022 For the Dolphins, acquiring Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs was a bid to correct what had been the biggest flaw in Tagovailoa’s game. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 26 Sep. 2022 An individual reported August 25 of being told to withdraw $4,000.00 and deposit it into a Bitcoin ATM and then purchase two Apple gift cards at $500 apiece as part of a fraudulent attempt to correct problems with two separate apps, police said. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 5 Sep. 2022 But Peter’s attempt to correct past mistakes threatens to put their father-and-son relationship under severe strain. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 31 Aug. 2022 But an effort by Kansas voters to correct that via the ballot box has failed, at least for now. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 4 Aug. 2022
Adjective
But Fed Chair Powell said at the November meeting that the projections are likely to rise in December and if Bullard is correct, that means investors can expect another one to three percentage points in rate hikes. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 Mathematicians generally agree that a proof has to convince other mathematicians that some line of reasoning is correct. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 16 Nov. 2022 Onlookers could see 50 to 200 meteors per hour if the calculations made by Maslov and Sato are correct, AccuWeather said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2022 However improbably, the source has been proven to be correct. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2022 In the end, the public polls were correct as Gov. Ned Lamont and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal roared to victory. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 13 Nov. 2022 Whether or not their assessment is correct, the bigger issue is potentially your boundaries with your posse. Chicago Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 Leguizamo is correct, there needs to be more, a lot more, and more often, and with authentic Latino actors in the name above title starring roles. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2022 Klopp is correct that FIFA, and the federations that voted in favor, should take the responsibility for the World Cup being held in Qatar. Robert Kidd, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere, from com- + regere to lead straight — more at right

Adjective

Middle English, corrected, from Latin correctus, from past participle of corrigere — see correct entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of correct was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near correct

Cite this Entry

“Correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correct. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

correct 1 of 2

verb

cor·​rect kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce correct (audio)
1
a
: to make or set right
c
: to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition
2
b
: to indicate the faults or errors of and show how they can be made right
correct a student's composition
correctable adjective
corrector noun

correct

2 of 2

adjective

1
: meeting or agreeing with a particular standard
correct behavior
2
: agreeing with fact or known truth
the correct pronunciation
correctly adverb
correctness noun

Medical Definition

correct

transitive verb

cor·​rect kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce correct (audio)
: to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition
correct a lens for spherical aberration
correctable adjective

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