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 Dear Annie: Here is another perspective on the hyperaccurate person who corrects everyone who misspeaks. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Shoppers - leave gluten-free items for those who need them," 19 May 2020 But the private credit reporting industry is already failing American consumers in numerous ways, from lax data security procedures to sky-high error rates to the Kafkaesque process of trying to get mistakes corrected. Amy Traub For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Your credit score shouldn't drop because of coronavirus," 18 May 2020 Barr has explained his undoing of the Flynn case and other moves, like intervening to recommend a more lenient sentence for the president’s longtime friend Roger Stone, as correcting overreach by other law enforcement officials. Adam Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Barr dismisses Trump’s claim that Russia inquiry was an Obama plot," 18 May 2020 Scottsdale spokeswoman Holly Walter has told The Republic that the city already had corrected its DUI procedures before Fuller began working for the city. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Fired Scottsdale prosecutor sues city. He says he blew whistle on unfair DUI convictions," 13 May 2020 That’s because the way UC uses standardized test scores substantially corrects for bias by weighting them less heavily than grades and considering them as only one of 14 factors in a comprehensive review process, the report found. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, "SAT should be suspended for UC admissions, Napolitano says," 11 May 2020 Bongiovanni left the sonar running, collecting data that would correct the depths and the locations of key geological features, whose prior measurements by satellites were off by as much as several miles. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 If homes violate federal standards, CMS may impose fines or suspend Medicare/Medicaid payments to the nursing home for new residents until the facility corrects the deficiency. Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, "How Safe Are Nursing Homes Near Me? This Tool Will Help You Find Out.," 6 May 2020 On July 19, 1545, contemporary accounts report that the ship suddenly heeled over to the starboard side—perhaps due to a sudden shift in the wind—and the crew couldn't correct the imbalance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "X-rayed artifacts from famed shipwreck shed light on secrets of Tudor armor," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Galileo Galilei famously stood trial for his insistence—based on astronomical observations through his telescopes—that the Copernican model of the Solar System was correct. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We now have more evidence that Galileo likely never said “And yet it moves”," 17 May 2020 If ICER’s numbers are correct, Fehlner would have Gilead charge about $12.50 per patient. Damian Garde, STAT, "Less than a movie ticket or ‘impossible to overpay’? Experts name their price for remdesivir," 15 May 2020 By our count, across experiments involving more than 10,000 Americans, fact-checks increase the proportion of correct responses in follow-up testing by more than 28 percentage points. Ethan Porter, Wired, "Why Is Facebook So Afraid of Checking Facts?," 14 May 2020 So, if the 10% projection is correct, the county would collect $27 million less in property tax revenue in 2020, or about 5.6% of the general fund. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County lacks precedent for projecting 10% drop in property tax collections, 20 years of records show," 13 May 2020 Sixteen years later, does the champ know the correct responses? Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "'Jeopardy!' airs its first Ken Jennings episode. Does the GOAT know his missed clues today?," 5 May 2020 Using the Roche test on that same population means that a positive result is 96% likely to be correct. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The latest coronavirus antibody test is a lot more accurate," 3 May 2020 If my analysis is correct, there is no fact from which that right can be derived except the fact that the majority is stronger than the minority. Walter Lippmann, Harper's Magazine, "Fifty-One Percent," 27 Apr. 2020 President Trump is correct that a national emergency usually demands vigorous action from the executive branch, especially when facing an enemy that shows no respect for state boundaries. Ted Widmer, Time, "How Lincoln Managed America's Governors to Become a Great National Leader," 17 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correct. Accessed 28 May. 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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