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 correct (audio) \ adjective
corrector \ kə-​ˈrek-​tər How to pronounce correct (audio) \ noun

Adjective

correctly \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​lē How to pronounce correct (audio) \ adverb
correctness \ kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce correct (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 But the alternative is a demonization of the company and a fiercer regulation to correct what appears as grave unethical behaviors. Julian Villanueva, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Bassitt is a little more than three weeks removed from Aug. 24 surgery to correct a tripod fracture and have bone fragments removed from his right cheek area. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2021 Pittsburgh’s progress tells us that economic transformation is possible, but more work is needed to correct social inequities in the city and to diversify the economy of the surrounding region. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2021 Additionally, the bias can be exacerbated by the technologists designing the systems, who may not think to correct for certain errors or may mislabel certain images. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2021 Paxton died of a stroke on Feb. 25 2017, after complications arose during heart surgery to replace a valve and correct an aortic aneurysm. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 20 Aug. 2021 The groups claim discrimination motivated a bill that would remove people from the early-voting list, as well as one that would give a voter who forgot to sign his early ballot a tight window in which to correct the omission. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 17 Aug. 2021 Economists at Bank of America concede that home prices may correct lower in some markets in the short to medium term. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 The oxygen does diffuse into the lung when breathed regularly and almost always can correct the oxygen deficiency of COPD to at least 90%. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The evidence shows that the latter group is correct. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2021 Turns out my hunch was correct, and the Rose Inc Softlight Clean Dewy Hydrating Concealer is one of my favorite launches of the year. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 9 Sep. 2021 The county Republican Party agreed the results were correct. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 Labor lawyers have noted that getting a right-to-sue letter isn’t an assurance that the facts presented are correct, or that a case will win in court. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 If reports from Istanbul are correct, Fenerbahce’s purchase price for Rossi is about $7 million, far below his market value and less than what LAFC expected to get. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Stocks are pricing in only temporary economic weakness from the increase in infections, which is probably correct but adds to risk levels if the situation deteriorates. Bill Stone, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Art Hodes’ is any better than ‘Ant Hole’ as a begonia name, but at least the latter is correct! Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 3 Sep. 2021 About a year later, his organs were moved to their correct spots. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021

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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

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 : right
: 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.

correct

transitive verb
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 correct (audio) \ adjective

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