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

Synonyms & Antonyms for correct

Synonyms: Verb

amend, debug, emend, rectify, red-pencil, reform, remedy

Synonyms: Adjective

accurate, bang on [chiefly British], dead-on, exact, good, on-target, precise, proper, right, so, spot-on, true, veracious

Antonyms: Adjective

false, improper, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, off, untrue, wrong

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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

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

Not knowing how to correct for the malfunction, the aircrew and their passengers were doomed. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of," 13 Nov. 2018 This story has been corrected to note that Stan Liebowitz and Matthew Kelly of the University of Texas at Dallas wrote the story in Reason magazine. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hey, Little Spenders," 9 Oct. 2018 Correction: This story has been corrected to show that facade elements of the building designed by Venturi Scott Brown are slated for removal, not the majority of the structure. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Petition to save Venturi Scott Brown-designed museum in San Diego picks up steam," 1 Aug. 2018 There are ribbon tapes for an old Olivetti and correcting ribbons for an IBM Selectric III. Thomas Farragher, BostonGlobe.com, "The End. Vermont typewriter shop’s closing marks the unrelenting scroll of time," 6 July 2018 The defense lawyer questioned why Terpstra didn't take any steps to correct for potential lens distortion, noting the FBI plane was flying about 2 miles away from the scene and the images were blurry and fuzzy. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Government expert who did 3D model of Finicum shooting scene admits errors made," 23 May 2018 Now Florida voters have until 5 pm Saturday to fix their ballots by providing proof of identity and correcting any signature problems. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Florida judge sides with Democrats, giving thousands a second chance to fix their ballots," 15 Nov. 2018 Following the Louisiana Purchase, a new treaty in 1818 corrected this problem, by running the border due south from Angle Inlet, the northwestern tip of the lake, to the 49th parallel. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 The #MeToo movement made a promise to the future: Going forward, women’s stories would be listened to, their experiences learned from, the culture corrected as a result. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Inside the USC Sexual Abuse Scandal: Three Women Tell Their Stories," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Employees then inspected the order and said the order was correct, police said. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Drive-thru customer thinks order was botched, pulls gun on McDonald's employees: NOPD," 31 May 2018 Assuming the rest of Reuter's reporting is correct, that would mean about five senior managers were fired from the satellite broadband project in a span of less than two weeks. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk went on firing spree over slow satellite broadband progress," 31 Oct. 2018 If weather forecasts are correct, access to the cave could soon close again due to flooding from seasonal monsoon rains. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai soccer team rescue might need to happen sooner than expected, experts warn," 2 Oct. 2018 Lingon’s hunch proved correct, and the ring sold at auction for $1.5 million. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How to Spot Fake Jewelry, According to the Experts," 17 Sep. 2018 Also make sure your spare tire tools are in working order and that your spare tire pressure is correct. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "When Does Hurricane Season Begin and End? Everything a Traveler Needs to Know," 14 Sep. 2018 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

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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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