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 This story has been corrected to show that Burr's speech was in Washington, D.C., not North Carolina. Mary Clare Jalonick, Houston Chronicle, "Senators sold stock before steep market losses from coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 This story has been corrected to reflect that non-delinquent taxpayers who use EasyPay will continue to see payments withdrawn as normal from their bank accounts. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County suspends new foreclosures and defaults on delinquent property tax payments for at least 60 days," 19 Mar. 2020 Also, if a home has had a recent violation, ask about it and what the home is doing to correct it. Dallas News, "How do you find a good nursing home? Curious Texas investigates," 14 Mar. 2020 Update: This article has been corrected to reflect that 770,000 people cast a vote for the rover's name, not 7,000. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Has Chosen a Name for the Mars 2020 Rover," 5 Mar. 2020 In 2020, the microblogging service is making moves like never before—not only to crack down on false information, but to correct it. Morgan Enos, Fortune, "Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation. Is an open-sourced method the answer?," 26 Feb. 2020 It has been corrected to reflect that the victim worked for a private company. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Utility worker severely injured after being struck by suspected drunk driver," 21 Feb. 2020 This story has been corrected to reflect that Parnas requested tickets to view the Senate trial. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "UPDATED: Capitol Police blocked Lev Parnas from watching impeachment trial despite tickets," 29 Jan. 2020 This story has been corrected to show that the name of the national broadcaster is CCTV, not CCTC. NBC News, "Kobe Bryant's death drew huge tributes from fans in Asia," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Many public health experts say things are about to get much worse, and their models may be correct, so Americans have every reason to avoid infecting others. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump and the Art of the Legislative Deal," 18 Mar. 2020 Although the company recommends setting up a dynamic, regular update procedure to use the API to harvest all necessary endpoints, Microsoft has also provided a simple list that's correct for now. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft—and Ars—advise split-tunnel VPNs to minimize coronavirus woes," 11 Mar. 2020 Go to your Facebook account on the web, then click General and make sure your details under Contact are correct. David Nield, Popular Science, "How to break back into your locked accounts," 11 Mar. 2020 The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision, distinguishing the facts in Louisiana from the Texas case, and the high court now has to decide who is correct. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "SCOTUS abortion case tests order in the John Roberts court," 4 Mar. 2020 The appeals court stated Northrup is correct — the 1855 Treaty established a reservation encompassing Gull Lake. Jennifer Kraus, Twin Cities, "Minnesota Court of Appeals rules in favor of state in netting case," 22 Dec. 2019 Editor's Update: This article has been changed to reflect performance news and Adelman's correct title. Paul Grein, Billboard, "AMAs' Mark Bracco Previews Sunday's Event: 'It's Always Been About Creating a Fun, Viewer-Friendly Show'," 21 Nov. 2019 If that thesis proves correct, the samples that are collected during the Mars 2020 mission could look for nitrogen isotope ratios and determine whether there was carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the researchers said. Fox News, "Mysterious 15M-year-old crater on Earth could unlock secrets about Mars," 28 Feb. 2020 Even if her hypothesis proved correct, there would be plenty of convincing to do. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 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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27 Mar 2020

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