correct

verb
cor·​rect | \kə-ˈrekt \
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 \ adjective
corrector \ kə-​ˈrek-​tər \ noun

Adjective

correctly \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​lē \ adverb
correctness \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for correct

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

synonyms see in addition punish

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

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.

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

That's why researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have built a system while allows robots to be corrected through thought and hand gestures. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Can Now Correct Robots With Brainwaves," 20 June 2018 National City Councilman Jerry Cano has corrected a dozen building code violations at his home, which were first issued by the city five years ago. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Five years later, councilman corrects building code violations," 19 June 2018 Isaac’s correct: Training camp will be a more difficult test. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba enjoys new reality: He's an NBA player now," 3 July 2018 To protect your genetic code from the structural harm that can lead to skin cancer is one thing—to actively correct that harm is another challenge entirely. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "DNA-Repairing Sunscreen: Legit or Not?," 2 July 2018 Tassell said censure's purpose is to address the behavior with the council so it can be corrected. Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "'If you think Trump's got it bad...' Deer Park Councilman reprimanded for personal attacks: says move meant to humiliate," 28 June 2018 This story has been updated on June 12, 2018, to correct the number of bottles used in the bridge from 25,000 to 5,000 and to clarify that Colin Hendee and the Dopper Foundation built the bridge in connection with Asher Jay. National Geographic, "Artists Used 5,000 Bottles to Build Brooklyn Bridge Replica," 11 June 2018 If only this much energy was spent correcting the bias, discrimination, assaults, and deaths of unarmed men, women & children. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Not all police are 'homegrown terrorists,' Charlotte City Council member says," 1 June 2018 The candidate responded, in order, by correcting his mistakes and putting him in a blender. Jay Willis, GQ, "Republicans Are Terrified of What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Started," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The protocol had been used for 14 years and was believed to be secure (aspects had even been mathematically proved correct). Henry Farrell, Washington Post, "The FBI blunder on phone encryption explained," 30 May 2018 Love was proven correct as James scored 43, with 14 assists and eight rebounds, in 41 minutes. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: Morning after Love blooms -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 4 May 2018 The series has proven us correct, as the close of each season 2 installment has finished with some type of gut punch. refinery29.com, "This Week’s Handmaid’s Tale Ending Might Be Its Most Devastating Yet," 2 May 2018 When the results came back, Anderson and his Wikipedia muse were proven correct, the team reported last week on the preprint server arXiv. David Shultz, Science | AAAS, "This ocean path will take you on the longest straight-line journey on Earth," 30 Apr. 2018 Since then, the regulators' theory has been proven correct, some analysts say. Washington Post, latimes.com, "What a T-Mobile-Sprint merger could mean for you," 30 Apr. 2018 But some analysts say the government's argument for opposing such a merger in 2014 since has proven correct. Author: Tony Romm, Brian Fung, Anchorage Daily News, "T-Mobile and Sprint announce plans to merge," 29 Apr. 2018 But some analysts say the government's argument for opposing such a merger in 2014 since has proven correct. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Sprint, T-Mobile set $27 billion merger," 29 Apr. 2018 In an email, the VA also defended its heavy rejection of claims by noting that two follow-up reviews proved that examiners were correct roughly 90 percent of the time. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Gulf War Illness," 12 May 2018

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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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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 \
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

correct

transitive verb
cor·​rect | \kə-ˈrekt \

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 \ adjective

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