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 Last week’s lawsuit, first reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting, asserts that the department failed in its obligations to resolve its problems and unlawfully delayed taking action to correct its problems. oregonlive, "Lawsuit seeks reforms at Oregon Employment Department to address months of unpaid jobless benefits," 13 July 2020 This story has been updated to correct the first day of the fall semester at Xavier: Aug. 17. Max Londberg, The Enquirer, "Xavier University fall plan: Most classes will have face-to-face component," 10 July 2020 This story has been updated to correct spelling of Parkin’s first name. Washington Post, "Adidas HR head resigns as company addresses diversity issues," 1 July 2020 That prompts the officer who first stopped Smith, identified in court records as Dominic Henry, to correct them. Russ Bynum, Anchorage Daily News, "Police in Georgia sued for taking down wrong man," 1 July 2020 Labor has been working to correct that survey glitch, Oxford says, a change that could mean a smaller-than-expected drop in the jobless rate in June. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "3.1M jobs likely were added in June as states reopen even as COVID-19 layoffs continue," 1 July 2020 This story has been updated to correct the daily new cases for Harris County, Texas. Nsikan Akpan, National Geographic, "Here's how to stop the virus from winning," 26 June 2020 The companies have 15 days from the receipt of the letters to correct the violations or else the agency threatened to take legal actions, including seizure and injunction. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Homeopaths sell injections containing strychnine, lead, mercury. Seriously," 16 June 2020 Lore scowled, resisting the urge to correct her stance. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Get a first look at Lore, the new novel from The Darkest Minds creator Alexandra Bracken," 8 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The image is correct that Ohio is home to about 11.74 million people. Anna Staver, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Facebook post paints too rosy of a picture for coronavirus impact on Ohio," 13 July 2020 Writers in this category may sometimes seem conventional and correct, but only out of caution. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Novels of Tension Between Freedom and Disaster," 10 July 2020 Van Slambrook was on the phone with the Marion County Health Department on Wednesday to make certain the school was following the correct protocol. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "'The only way to have a season is to be careful.' Honesty, caution key to high school sports return," 8 July 2020 That's still, in my view, the correct basic approach. CBS News, "Russia, Afghanistan and prospects for peace: Ambassador James Cunningham - transcript," 8 July 2020 At Barrel's and Vines, an upscale Royal Oak gas station, signs are posted urging customers to have the correct change or use debit or credit whenever possible. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How a coin shortage is impacting retailers and grocery stores," 6 July 2020 If your pet has a microchip, make sure your correct contact info is recorded with the vet clinic or shelter that implanted the chip. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4," 3 July 2020 Make the most of your time on the water by selecting the correct float for every situation. Steve Ryan, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips for Catching Giant Bluegills This Summer," 2 July 2020 According to another report, each team will now play one home game and one away game, however, the league will have to make changes to the current schedule to ensure each team will have the correct balance. oregonlive, "NFL shortens preseason from four to two games: Report," 1 July 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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25 Jul 2020

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“Correct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/correct. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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