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 correct (audio) \ adjective
corrector \ kə-​ˈrek-​tər How to pronounce correct (audio) \ noun

Adjective

correctly \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​lē How to pronounce correct (audio) \ adverb
correctness \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce correct (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 Few decisions are more satisfying for a zoo director than ones that improve the lives of the zoo’s animals and correct the shortcomings of the past. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, "The Night the Zoo Burned," 11 May 2021 And by continuing to argue that the party should move on from Trump and correct his lies about the 2020 election, her position has weakened with members who publicly remain in Trump's camp. Michael Warren, CNN, "As Trump loyalty trumps ideology, conservatives hold their noses for Stefanik," 6 May 2021 The project would replace almost 2,000 linear feet of storm and sanitary sewers on public property and fund a pilot program to identify and correct infiltration and inflow into the sanitary system from private property. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio Congress members seek big money for local projects through earmarks," 6 May 2021 In 2019, the clinics helped decrease or correct $50 million in tax liabilities, according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Washington Post, "If you owe the IRS and can’t pay, this is what you should and shouldn’t do," 4 May 2021 So the city called in exterminators to deal with the infestation, who only heightened the concern to aggressively evaluate and correct the problem. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A serious problem': Prairie Home Cemetery's chapel in Waukesha was overrun with mice," 15 Apr. 2021 That wasn’t done, and supervisors also did not correct the mistake despite numerous follow-up opportunities, Younger said. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Feds blame Sutherland Springs shooter for lying on firearm purchase forms," 9 Apr. 2021 Money in your bank account goes astray, and the bank’s records will almost always show what happened and correct the error. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Coinbase had a great public stock offering. That doesn’t make bitcoin legit," 27 Apr. 2021 Ensuring officers have policy guidance, training and equipment; and Using data to identify and correct misconduct. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "What we know about the US Justice Department investigation into Louisville Metro Police," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective NBC News contacted one of the former officers identified in the leak and reported that the person confirmed the information was correct. Washington Post, "Hacking group that targeted D.C. police briefly posts internal police files," 29 Apr. 2021 Other residents say their bills are too high to be correct. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Augusta residents complain about higher-than-usual water bills," 27 Apr. 2021 Samsung will launch two foldable smartphones in the coming months if rumors are correct. Chris Smith, BGR, "What if this is the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s most exciting feature?," 26 Apr. 2021 Strangely, both Kavanaugh and Sotomayor are correct. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Blame Anthony Kennedy for the Supreme Court’s Mangled Ruling on Juvenile Life Without Parole," 23 Apr. 2021 Robinson is correct: The growth of galaxies and that of supermassive black holes are intimately linked. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the January 2021 Issue," 23 Apr. 2021 Everyone who is presenting and nominated has to be there, is that correct? Chris Lee, Vulture, "The Director of the Oscars Says This Year’s Show Will Be ‘Completely Different’ From Any Other," 20 Apr. 2021 This statement is correct: Officer Stillman made the decision to shoot Adam. Raul A. Reyes, CNN, "What we know so far about Adam Toledo's death is unacceptable," 19 Apr. 2021 If the theory above is correct, then some unknown component of a COVID-19 vaccine can, in very rare situations, spur an autoimmune reaction against platelet factor 4. Roxanne Khamsi, The Atlantic, "The Blood-Clot Problem Is Multiplying," 16 Apr. 2021

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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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15 May 2021

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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

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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.

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 correct (audio) \ adjective

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