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



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

Other Words from correct


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


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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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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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The numbers were quickly updated to correct the mistake, and that correction had nothing to do with official vote counts. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 It was updated on Aug. 1, 2022, to correct the spelling of a source’s last name to MacDonald, instead of McDonald. Marc Levy, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 This story was updated to correct Chanda Prescod-Weinstein's affiliation. Wired, 22 July 2022 This story has been updated to correct the name of the Towson voting site. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 7 July 2022 This story has been updated to correct Joel Johnson’s name. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2022 Editor's note: This article was updated to correct the location of the lens' M0 processor and inclusion of voice control. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 1 July 2022 During daytime hours, their troop movements are limited by Russian drones used to track and correct outgoing artillery fire for maximum damage. Dalton Bennett, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 During daytime hours, their troop movements are limited by Russian drones used to track and correct outgoing artillery fire for maximum damage. Dalton Bennett, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Suspicions that there might have been considerable overlap between the two crowds are probably correct. Andrew Stuttaford, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 And if that detail is accurate, then the entire plot leak might be correct. Chris Smith, BGR, 4 Aug. 2022 This is correct, but also raises the question of why the Solana eco-system is so vulnerable to these sort of large scale attacks in the first place. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Though Burton was not convinced, Speke’s claim gained acceptance, and many years later, was proved to be correct. David Conrads, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2022 To verify that their estimates of socioeconomic status were correct, the researchers also used aggregated tax records and census data. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Whoever named the Price Hill neighborhood was correct, and Incline Public House sits right on the overlook of the hill. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 27 July 2022 The number makes no sense, at least to me, but on the off chance the number is correct, Utah president Taylor Randall and athletic director Mark Harlan should get on the phone with new Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark, like yesterday. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2022 There’s a lot of information out there, but not all of it is correct, and some can even be damaging. Jesse Hicks, Men's Health, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of correct


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


1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for correct


Middle English, from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere, from com- + regere to lead straight — more at right


Middle English, corrected, from Latin correctus, from past participle of corrigere — see correct entry 1

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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.



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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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.


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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