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

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 For the curious, the official White House record of the speech tried to correct the error, and only succeeded in underscoring it. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: Trump Named the Wrong City for Ohio's Mass Shooting," 11 Aug. 2019 That’s to be expected with a young QB, and it can be corrected with experience and gameplans that are tailored to him and practiced for an entire week. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Mason Rudolph Has the Tools, But Does He Have the Finesse?," 17 Sep. 2019 The second withdrawal was the result of a technical error that has since been corrected, Cachet general counsel Wendy Slavkin said. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "FBI investigates after millions in workers' direct-deposit pay vanish," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2012, the report points out, about 80 percent of respondents were women, a bias that was not corrected through weighting. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, "How many Americans have pets? An investigation of fuzzy statistics," 13 Sep. 2019 That needs to be corrected before Texas steps on the field Saturday against Rice at NRG Stadium. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Despite struggles, Texas DC Todd Orlando believes breakthrough is coming," 12 Sep. 2019 The structural problem isn’t just that there is a different sentiment reigning in Parliament than among the people, as if the previous election were a mere accident that will be corrected by another. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Reasons to Bet for or against Brexit," 11 Sep. 2019 Under the agreement with federal regulators, the Behavioral Health Division did not admit to the problems cited in the surveys or that they were not corrected. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Series of inspections finds ongoing problems at Behavioral Health Division's hospital in Wauwatosa," 11 Sep. 2019 Apple and Foxconn both said this issue has been corrected. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple Admits Breaking Chinese Labor Laws in the World’s Largest iPhone Factory," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Advocates of a morally correct path to happiness also disapprove of taking shortcuts to pleasure with the help of psychotropic drugs. Rafael Euba, Quartzy, "Why striving for happiness makes people miserable," 23 July 2019 Blum said the theory, which later proved to be correct, was the more horror, the higher the ratings. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "'Scooby-Doo' wasn't just another cartoon. It was a reaction to the political turmoil at the time," 13 Sep. 2019 There's some dispute about whether the referee's call, which Dimond's coach has protested, would have been correct if the girl had done so, or if swimmers can be penalized for failing to realize that their suit has bunched up. oregonlive, "‘Wedgies happen’ -- Curvy girl swimmer disqualified after official judges school-issued suit too revealing," 10 Sep. 2019 Brees could be seen animatedly disputing the decision, but referee John Hussey announced that the runoff was correct. Brett Martel, The Denver Post, "Wil Lutz’s 58-yard field goal lifts Saints over Texans," 9 Sep. 2019 Jeff Bender, a professor in the division of environmental health science at the University of Minnesota with extensive experience in epidemiology and outbreak investigation, said that McDonald’s assertion is correct. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair," 17 Sep. 2019 Lip lifts correct for changes to your philtrum, aka the distance between your top lip and your nose. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is a Lip Lift?," 26 Aug. 2019 But the prime minister is also correct that the constitutional clause listing the states must be amended if the Sidama’s quest for statehood is to be completed. Yonatan Fessha, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia is facing mounting tensions as an ethnic minority community demands secession," 31 July 2019 Ducey's statements are correct but don't provide a complete picture of where the state ranks. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Ducey is cheerleader-in-chief for the state economy. Is his enthusiasm justified?," 15 July 2019

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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
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
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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