or au·to·cor·rect, Au·to·cor·rect
a software feature that automatically replaces a word in a word-processed document, text message, spreadsheet, or search box, or suggests an alternative word, if the word does not appear in a built-in dictionary.
verb (used with or without object)
to correct by use of this built-in dictionary: I typed ‘foluw’, and it autocorrected to ‘follow’.
How Does Autocorrect Ducking Work, Anyway?The iPhone may have only shown up during the aughts, but autocorrect is almost as old as personal computers. Even some of the earliest word processors had a spellcheck feature that suggested alternative words if a word you typed did not appear in its internal dictionary. Certainly, today, autocorrect has come a long way since the Cupertino effect. What’s the Cupertino effect? Well, in its …
Is It “I Wish I Were” Or “I Wish I Was”?Picture it. You are texting your buddy, and you type out “I wish I were.” But there’s that pesky autocorrect, trying to change it to “I wish I was.” Is autocorrect ducking with you, or are you about to commit a grammar faux pas?
Origin of AutoCorrect
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Examples from the Web for autocorrect
Note that the software in question is slightly different from autocorrect.
With autocorrect, a user types a word, and halfway through the software will guess at what it thinks the person means.