correct usually implies freedom from fault or error.
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.
precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation.
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
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
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Errors are corrected during the press run whenever possible, so some errors noted here may not have appeared in all editions.—New York Times, 25 Nov. 2023 No specifics were given by hospital officials on how the exposure may have occurred or how it was corrected.—Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Editor’s Note: The headline has been corrected to reflect the nature of the complaints; the article has been updated with comments from McDonald’s.—Prarthana Prakash, Fortune Europe, 15 Nov. 2023 And then look at it on the computer and correct it, and finally turn it into written work.—Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 12 Nov. 2023 Warner Brothers has yet to correct this egregious oversight, but now the man himself has—well, sort of.—Radhika Seth, Vogue, 13 Nov. 2023 This story was updated to correct Sarah Banks' job title and the time allotted to Medicare wellness visits.—WIRED, 13 Nov. 2023 Surgery may be necessary to correct these abnormalities.—Kristin Koch, Health, 10 Nov. 2023 But to do so, officials needed to correct a major vulnerability: The massive structure has been known to be non-ductile concrete, a class of structures vulnerable to collapse in a major earthquake.—Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023
Bard got all of the critical bits right in summing up the video: the ingredients and measurements are all accurate, and the instructions are correct.—Allison Johnson, The Verge, 22 Nov. 2023 Made with hydrating and calming ingredients like turmeric, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil and advanced vitamin C, this formula works to brighten skin, correct dark spots and enhance complexion.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 The president's absolutely correct to ask for this funding, not only for Taiwan, but for Ukraine, as well as Israel, and other priorities.—CBS News, 19 Nov. 2023 If applied correctly, these learnings can optimize every Thanksgiving to follow, meaning that—if my calculations are correct— Thanksgiving 2051 will be perfect.—Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 18 Nov. 2023 The gene-editing tool an RNA molecule that guides the enzyme to the correct region of DNA and a Cas9 enzyme that cuts DNA.—Nature Magazine, Scientific American, 16 Nov. 2023 Interestingly, while humans struggled to differentiate between real and AI-generated faces, the researchers developed a machine-learning system capable of detecting the correct answer 94 percent of the time.—Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 14 Nov. 2023 And if their findings prove correct, 2024 will be all about fulfilling our biggest travel aspirations.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 14 Nov. 2023 The task of reviewing the list and deciding which, if any, candidate might be a correct match falls not to an algorithm but to a person—a law-enforcement representative whose qualifications in this area might be limited.—Eyal Press, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 See More
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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 correctentry 1