- 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
Synonyms for correct
- 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 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.
see stand corrected.