ac·​cu·​rate | \ ˈa-kyə-rət How to pronounce accurate (audio) , ˈa-k(ə-)rət \

Essential Meaning of accurate

1 : free from mistakes or errors The model is accurate down to the tiniest details. an accurate account/record/report/description See More ExamplesHer novel is historically accurate. He needed a more accurate [=precise] term to describe the procedure. an accurate throw/shot [=a throw/shot that does not miss its target]Hide
2 : able to produce results that are correct : not making mistakes an accurate reporter an accurate measuring device The machines were not yet accurate enough to give useful results.

Full Definition of accurate

1 : free from error especially as the result of care an accurate diagnosis
2 : conforming exactly to truth or to a standard : exact providing accurate color
3 : able to give an accurate result an accurate gauge
4 : 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
5 : tending to hit the intended target an accurate free-throw shooter

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accurateness \ ˈa-​kyə-​rət-​nəs How to pronounce accurate (audio) , ˈa-​k(ə-​)rət-​nəs \ noun

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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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, Mendelsohn, an eight-year veteran of the social media giant, said that the impression of the company created by the information Haugen has given to the media and to lawmakers in the U.S. is not accurate. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2021 Steele reinforced his belief that most of the claims made in the dossier are accurate. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 Before doing anything, people facing high medical bills should make sure the charges are accurate, the nonprofit financial counseling group suggests. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 17 Oct. 2021 But if this MacBook Pro 120Hz display rumor is accurate, then the screen will also be one of the big selling points. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Oct. 2021 In court, after Fretto described Cudd’s half-hour in the Capitol and read portions of her Facebook remarks, McFadden asked if the assertions were accurate. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 Readers sometimes talk about Dalloway’s narration as a form of stream of consciousness, but that’s not strictly accurate. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 Provide accurate, reliable and valued information that comes from science. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Sep. 2021 Jones was poised, accurate, and in command in the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins, completing 29 of 39 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown., 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of accurate

circa 1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accurate

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

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The first known use of accurate was circa 1599

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“Accurate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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ac·​cu·​rate | \ ˈa-kyə-rət How to pronounce accurate (audio) \

Kids Definition of accurate

: free from mistakes : right an accurate answer

Other Words from accurate

accurately adverb

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