correct

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

Definition of correct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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.
2a : 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

correct

adjective

Definition of correct (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from correct

Verb

correctable \ kə-​ˈrek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce correctable (audio) \ adjective
corrector \ kə-​ˈrek-​tər How to pronounce corrector (audio) \ noun

Adjective

correctly \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​lē How to pronounce correctly (audio) \ adverb
correctness \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce correctness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for correct

Synonyms: Verb

amend, debug, emend, rectify, red-pencil, reform, remedy

Synonyms: Adjective

accurate, bang on [chiefly British], dead-on, exact, good, on-target, precise, proper, right, so, spot-on, true, veracious

Antonyms: Adjective

false, improper, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, off, untrue, wrong

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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

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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

Adjective

correct, exact, and accurate mean agreeing with a fact, truth, or standard. correct is used for something that contains no errors. Can you give me correct directions? exact is used for something that agrees very closely with fact or truth. I need the exact measurements of the room. accurate is used when great care has been taken to make sure that something agrees with the facts. He gave an accurate description of the scene.

Examples of correct in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But using the emerging industry to correct past wrongs - a policy prescription known as social equity - has proven difficult even in left-leaning cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. Scott Wilson, chicagotribune.com, "In California, Fresno’s West Side lost the war on drugs, but hopes a revival will be tied to marijuana," 24 July 2019 But a proposed massive overhaul of the protection system to correct mapping mistakes and other errors would lift the prohibition on aid for the Fenwick homes and more than 900 other structures along the East Coast from New Hampshire to Virginia. Dave Collins, courant.com, "Could coastal mansions in Connecticut become eligible for disaster aid?," 22 July 2019 Orion endeavors to correct some of those limitations. Chabeli Herrera, orlandosentinel.com, "On Apollo, using the bathroom was ‘messy.’ America’s next moonshot will be radically different," 21 July 2019 But something was clearly wrong, and there were no flight rules defining a procedure to correct the problem. William Harwood, CBS News, "The inside story of Apollo 11's nail-biting descent to the surface of the moon," 15 July 2019 Adobe’s self-healing software was able to reduce the average time to correct a data-batching failure to about three minutes from 30 minutes, Ms. Stoddard said. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "AI Powers ‘Self-Healing’ Technology," 2 July 2019 Any fines imposed upon a city with an inadequate housing plan would require a court order, and the city would have several chances to correct the problem before having to pay. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "California cities could face fines of up to $600,000 a month if they don’t meet state housing requirements," 27 June 2019 The market site reopened in 2014 after an extensive renovation to correct damage inflicted during Hurricane Katrina. Kevin Litten, nola.com, "St. Roch Market operators settle trademark dispute with city," 27 June 2019 In 2009, president Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, an amendment to the Equal Pay Act, to correct the loophole that allowed the Supreme Court to rule against her two years earlier. Beth Dreher, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Gender Wage Gap?," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That means the open talk starts at an early age with body parts called by their anatomically correct names, and continues with ongoing age-appropriate conversations throughout the years. Rachael Rifkin, Good Housekeeping, "Millennial Parents Have Changed the Way We Talk With Kids About Puberty," 9 Aug. 2019 Well, Hicok is surely correct that a number of poets of color have made major impacts on the literary scene in the past few years, a development Hicok rightly views as a major advance for American letters. Timothy Yu, The New Republic, "The Case of the “Disappearing” Poet," 7 Aug. 2019 Some researchers, for example, fault the Nobel for denying a prize to Hawking, whose research on black hole thermodynamics in the 1970s is widely considered to be a correct description of nature. Philip Ball, Scientific American, "Supergravity Snags Super Award: $3-Million Special Breakthrough Prize," 6 Aug. 2019 Leitão, of course, is correct on all fronts, but there’s no question the atmosphere around the event would have been even more euphoric if Orlando City were as relevant on the pitch as it’s been off the pitch. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City needs to build on soccer momentum created by MLS All-Star Game," 2 Aug. 2019 Castro is correct in his description of how the law is being used, but his overall claim isn't historically accurate. NBC News, "Fact check: Is decriminalizing border crossings the only way to stop family separations?," 1 Aug. 2019 That means a good mulching with a brown mulch to provide the right environment for the correct microbiology. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Last year’s garden did great. This year, it did nothing. What went wrong?," 1 Aug. 2019 Puerto Rico House Speaker Carlos Mendez said on Friday that an independent committee has been formed to investigate whether the governor is correct in this assertion. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s week of massive protests, explained," 20 July 2019 The appeals panel said the city was correct in arguing the ban survives First Amendment scrutiny by advancing the government’s interest in improving the passenger experience. BostonGlobe.com, "CLF concerned about easement sales in East Boston and Revere," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of correct

Verb

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

Adjective

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for correct

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

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correct

verb

English Language Learners Definition of correct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to change (something) so that it is right, true, proper, etc. : to make (something) correct
: to mark the errors on (something that a person has written)
: to deal with or take care of (a problem, bad situation, etc.) successfully

correct

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of correct (Entry 2 of 2)

: true or accurate : agreeing with facts
: having no errors or mistakes
: proper or appropriate in a particular situation

correct

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

Kids Definition of correct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or set right Please correct any misspelled words.
2 : to change or adjust so as to bring to some standard or to a required condition My watch was slow, so I corrected it. Glasses will correct your vision.
3 : to punish in order to improve … Buldeo went out angrily … anxious to correct Mowgli for not taking better care of the herd.— Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
4 : to show how a thing can be improved or made right She corrected the students' papers.

correct

adjective

Kids Definition of correct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : free from mistakes : accurate the correct answer
2 : meeting or agreeing with some standard : appropriate correct behavior correct dress for school

Other Words from correct

correctly adverb
correctness noun

correct

transitive verb
cor·​rect | \ kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce correct (audio) \

Medical Definition of correct

: to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition correct a lens for spherical aberration

Other Words from correct

correctable \ -​ˈrek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce correctable (audio) \ adjective

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