ac·​cu·​rate ˈa-kyə-rət How to pronounce accurate (audio)
: free from error especially as the result of care
an accurate diagnosis
: conforming exactly to truth or to a standard : exact
providing accurate color
: able to give an accurate result
an accurate gauge
: going to, reaching, or hitting the intended target : not missing the target
an accurate shot/kick
The next play, Johnson fielded a sharp grounder and made an accurate throw to first.Joe Smith
: tending to hit the intended target
an accurate free-throw shooter
ˈa-kyə-rət-nəs How to pronounce accurate (audio)
Choose the Right Synonym for accurate

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

Example Sentences

The model is accurate down to the tiniest details. Her novel is historically accurate. The machines were not yet accurate enough to give useful results.
Recent Examples on the Web Alex Murdaugh's comments to police about his whereabouts around the time his wife and son were fatally shot may not have been accurate, according to video evidence presented by prosecutors Friday at the South Carolina attorney's murder trial. Jeffrey Collins, ajc, 27 Jan. 2023 The unofficial renders show a similar camera bump to what’s visible in a teaser image on the OnePlus website, suggesting that the depiction of this camera bump is accurate. Jon Porter, The Verge, 26 Jan. 2023 One of my obsessions, especially in a world where people are watching TV in 4K, it’s that the detail in the image is accurate. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Other than that, the Club for Growth’s letter is accurate. WSJ, 25 Jan. 2023 Google also does not guarantee that its translations are accurate. Chris Mueller, USA TODAY, 24 Jan. 2023 County election officials say the certified election results are accurate and no provisional ballots were mistakenly rejected. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 23 Jan. 2023 ChatGPT's output isn't always accurate, but its performance has been convincing enough to illustrate a potential conversational search interface that would make Google's technology look antiquated. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 The chatbot uses generative AI to spit out human-like responses to prompts in seconds, but because it’s been trained on information publicly available from the internet, books and Wikipedia, the answers aren’t always accurate. Time, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin accūrātus "prepared with care, studied, meticulous," from past participle of accūrāre "to give attention to, do carefully," from ad- ad- + cūrāre "to watch over, care for" — more at cure entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of accurate was circa 1599

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Cite this Entry

“Accurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


ac·​cu·​rate ˈak-yə-rət How to pronounce accurate (audio)
: free from mistakes especially as the result of care
an accurate count
: agreeing exactly with truth or a standard
an accurate copy
: able to give an accurate result
an accurate gauge
-yə-rət-lē How to pronounce accurate (audio)
accurateness noun

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