- to set or make true, accurate, or right; remove the errors or faults from: The native guide corrected our pronunciation. The new glasses corrected his eyesight.
- to point out or mark the errors in: The teacher corrected the examination papers.
- to scold, rebuke, or punish in order to improve: Should parents correct their children in public?
- to counteract the operation or effect of (something hurtful or undesirable): The medication will correct stomach acidity.
- Mathematics, Physics. to alter or adjust so as to bring into accordance with a standard or with a required condition.
- to make a correction or corrections.
- (of stock prices) to reverse a trend, especially temporarily, as after a sharp advance or decline in previous trading sessions.
- conforming to fact or truth; free from error; accurate: a correct answer.
- in accordance with an acknowledged or accepted standard; proper: correct behavior.
- characterized by or adhering to a liberal or progressive ideology on matters of ethnicity, religion, sexuality, ecology, etc.: Is it environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree? Most of the judges in this district have correct political views.
Origin of correct
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Examples from the Web for correct
Because of the thinness of the air, there is a very tight margin between the correct and incorrect airspeeds, as little as 50 mph.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Conservatives get nowhere by demanding “deregulation,” because liberals are correct that most Americans want clean water.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
The Senate report provides ample evidence of many problems to correct.Why Did We Panic After 9/11 and Ignore All We Knew About Responding to Security Threats?
December 18, 2014
Breitbart forced her to correct a small part of her story, but witch hunts like these will leave every victim cowering.The Right's Rape Trolls vs. Lena Dunham
December 10, 2014
In fact, she knew the correct answer 92 percent of the time she buzzed in during her 20-game streak.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
She discovered that Emma's conjecture had been only too correct.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
How could it care for a fellow's happiness, or even for his leading a correct life!Weighed and Wanting
The information on Web pages, etc. is correct as of 21 May 1997.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
His character was so open, that I did not need to correct my original conception of it.Biographical Sketches
Is it correct to speak of the waters of the Black Sea as the colored element?
- to make free from errors
- to indicate the errors in
- to rebuke or punish in order to set right or improveto correct a child; to stand corrected
- to counteract or rectify (a malfunction, ailment, etc)these glasses will correct your sight
- to adjust or make conform, esp to a standard
- free from error; true; accuratethe correct version
- in conformity with accepted standardscorrect behaviour
Word Origin and History for correct
mid-14c., "to set right, rectify" (a fault or error), from Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere "to put straight, reduce to order, set right;" in transferred use, "to reform, amend," especially of speech or writing, from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + regere "to lead straight, rule" (see regal). Originally of persons; with reference to writing, etc., attested from late 14c. Related: Corrected; correcting.
1670s, from French correct "right, proper," from Latin correctus (see correct (v.)). Related: Correctly; correctness.
- To remove, remedy, or counteract something, such as a malfunction or defect.
- Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
Idioms and Phrases with correct
see stand corrected.