free from error or defect; consistent with a standard, rule, or model; precise; exact.
careful or meticulous: an accurate typist.

Origin of accurate

1605–15; < Latin accūrātus carefully prepared (past participle of accūrāre), equivalent to ac- ac- + cūr(a) care + -ātus -ate1
Related formsac·cu·rate·ly, adverbac·cu·rate·ness, nounhy·per·ac·cu·rate, adjectivehy·per·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbhy·per·ac·cu·rate·ness, nounsu·per·ac·cu·rate, adjectivesu·per·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbsu·per·ac·cu·rate·ness, nounun·ac·cu·rate, adjectiveun·ac·cu·rate·ly, adverbun·ac·cu·rate·ness, noun

Synonyms for accurate

Synonym study

1. See correct. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accurately

Contemporary Examples of accurately

Historical Examples of accurately

  • It is needful, therefore, to understand it as accurately as may be, however we may judge it.

  • Much obliged to you for recalling it so accurately and anticipating me.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • But, he had been so careful to get it accurately, that he then spelt it with perfect correctness.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • He thought of how accurately she had guessed his position in life—if it was a guess.

  • Her hearing had accurately conveyed to her the meaning of those sounds.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for accurately



faithfully representing or describing the truth
showing a negligible or permissible deviation from a standardan accurate ruler
without error; precise; meticulous
  1. (to n significant digits) representing the first n digits of the given number starting with the first nonzero digit, but approximating to the nearest digit in the final positionsince π = 3.14159…, the approximation 3.1416 is accurate to 5 significant digits.
  2. (to n decimal places) giving the first n digits after the decimal point without further approximationπ = 3.1415 is in this sense accurate to 4 decimal places
Derived Formsaccurately, adverbaccurateness, noun

Word Origin for accurate

C16: from Latin accūrātus, past participle of accūrāre to perform with care, from cūra care
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Word Origin and History for accurately



1610s, "done with care," from Latin accuratus "prepared with care, exact, elaborate," past participle of accurare "take care of," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + curare "take care of" (see cure). The notion of doing something carefully led to that of being exact (1650s). Related: Accurately; accurateness.

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