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 Ferguson says that older researchers have often linked videogames to real-world violence on the basis of shoddy research, and that many of them have been slow to correct their mistakes. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, "It’s Time to Reboot the Violent Videogames Debate," 26 June 2020 The following story has been changed to correct the dollar amount of H-E-B’s new pay increase. Mark Dunphy, ExpressNews.com, "H-E-B announces new pay increases as temporary pandemic raises end," 23 June 2020 Although agencies of the federal government are often limited in their abilities to guide social change, these recommendations aim to correct more than a century of land management policies that have long ignored people of color. James Edward Mills, National Geographic, "Here’s how national parks are working to fight racism," 23 June 2020 The state extended the amount of time voters have to correct signature problems on mail ballots, giving them three business days from the time they’re notified. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: Georgia Aftermath, USPS Struggles, Poll Workers and More," 19 June 2020 But will the outlets and personalities that pushed that narrative correct their previous posts? Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Analysis: Current media environment presents twisted incentives for publishers," 17 June 2020 The 10 letters Britton received over the weekend included no phone number or email address for contacting the employment department to correct its mistakes – only a fax number. oregonlive, "Oregon’s new employment department chief faces thousands of unpaid jobless claims, communications fiasco, technology crisis," 2 June 2020 State health officials said that they had been made aware of duplicate submissions in Hamilton County and are working to correct the numbers for the Tuesday update. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: State sees 40,000 total cases, 11 new deaths reported," 15 June 2020 A year before 9/11, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report recommending robust legislation restricting the corporate use of online data—which would have included a right to correct (or delete) personal information. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Big Tech’s Pandemic Power Grab," 12 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Weaver’s hunch ended up being correct, as Westbrook is a nine-time NBA All-Star and won MVP in 2017. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why is Troy Weaver ready to be Pistons GM? Just look at the players he has uncovered," 28 June 2020 If this new model is correct, hunting for this type of optical signature could become a new observing strategy in the broader context of multi-messenger astronomy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Astronomers think this black hole collision may have exploded with light," 25 June 2020 The doctor reaches a verdict on the patient’s malady to the best of his knowledge—but that conclusion isn’t necessarily correct. Maria Konnikova, Wired, "Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty," 23 June 2020 However, since there hasn’t been a sharp rise in unexplained deaths, the official reports appear to be correct. National Geographic, "A look inside Thailand, which prevented coronavirus from gaining a foothold," 18 June 2020 The Forehead Mode is great for an initial quick scan to see if your fever suspicions are correct. Popular Science, "Child thermometers that help will keep your family healthy," 17 June 2020 And there's a there's a personal twist here for you with regard to the bin Laden operation and him, correct? CBS News, "Former CIA museum curator highlights the agency's most important artifacts - transcript," 17 June 2020 Trump frequently says that stopping China’s unfair economic growth at America’s expense is the best way to defeat China militarily, which is fundamentally correct. John Bolton, WSJ, "John Bolton: The Scandal of Trump’s China Policy," 17 June 2020 Fort Worth police said Carlson’s summary of the events is not correct. Dallas News, "Fox News report by Tucker Carlson on Fort Worth protest a ‘gross mischaracterization,’ police say," 16 June 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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1 Jul 2020

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“Correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correct. Accessed 6 Jul. 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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