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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

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 Gumbel eventually started referring to Jackson by name, but did not correct or apologize for his previous errors on air. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "CBS announcer repeatedly calls Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ‘Murray’ during game vs. Bengals," 11 Oct. 2020 North Carolina, along with more than 30 other states, offer voters who make certain errors that would invalidate their ballots—such as missing or mismatched signatures—a chance to correct them. Alexa Corse And Chad Day, WSJ, "Coronavirus Surge in Mail Voting Likely to Lead to More Rejected Ballots," 4 Oct. 2020 For years, the federal government has detailed the industry’s systemic problems while doing little to correct them. Heather Schlitz, USA TODAY, "Arkansas poultry plants hit hard by COVID-19. Hispanic workers are facing the worst of it.," 31 Aug. 2020 After decades of criticism for undercounting minorities, the Census Bureau came up with a technical method to correct it. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, "Census, like Post Office, politicized in election year," 29 Aug. 2020 If there are errors in the transcription, people can double check the audio and correct it. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Microsoft Word can now transcribe lectures and phone calls," 26 Aug. 2020 Zoom addressed the issue on its website confirming the problem and saying staff has identified the issue and is working to correct it as of 9:50 a.m. Matt Durr, chicagotribune.com, "Massive outages reported for Zoom videoconferencing," 24 Aug. 2020 She was given notice that her signature was challenged and given plenty of time to correct it. Fox News, "Florida voting by mail in huge numbers compared to 2016," 18 Aug. 2020 Both technologies are based on the idea that some neurological and psychiatric diseases are caused by abnormal brain activity, and stimulation may be able to correct them. Grace Huckins, Wired, "A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring," 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For him, there is a more obvious answer: Occam’s razor, which says that in the absence of other evidence, the simplest explanation is more likely to be correct. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Do We Live in a Simulation? Chances Are about 50–50," 13 Oct. 2020 If the study is correct, the coronavirus' eventual impact could be four times the size of the damage done by the 2008 housing bust and subsequent Great Recession. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Coronavirus pandemic to cost Americans $16 trillion, study finds," 13 Oct. 2020 Once everyone starts shouting, the neighbors are more interested in restoring silence than in parsing who is correct. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Correcting falsehoods and copying the entire email chain," 7 Oct. 2020 Penrose solidified the mathematical understanding of black holes—proving Einstein was, in fact, correct—while Genzel and Ghez are credited with discovering Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Three Scientists Shaped How We Think About Black Holes. Now They Have a Nobel Prize.," 6 Oct. 2020 And even if a negative test result is correct, you may have been infected since that test was taken. Holly Yan, CNN, "Covid-19 could kill 2,900 Americans a day in December, researchers say. Here's why, and how you can make fall and winter better," 5 Oct. 2020 However, if Conley is correct and the president was diagnosed about 72 hours ago from the time of today’s briefing, that would put his diagnosis around mid-day Wednesday. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Trump’s doctor dodges questions, suggests president tested positive Wednesday," 3 Oct. 2020 When parents ask if teachers will also be returning, Mr. Garrison assures them that is correct. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Five reasons everyone is talking about the 'South Park' pandemic special," 1 Oct. 2020 University of Arizona planetary scientist Jack Holt tells National Geographic that if the new study’s conclusions are correct, then there would be natural springs at the glaciers’ edge. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Briny Underground Lakes May Be All That Remain of Martian Ocean," 30 Sep. 2020

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

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Last Updated

17 Oct 2020

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“Correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correct. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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correct

verb
How to pronounce correct (audio)

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

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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.

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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