verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.


Origin of correct

1300–50; (v.) Middle English correcten (< Anglo-French correcter) < Latin corrēctus past participle of corrigere to make straight, equivalent to cor- cor- + reg- (stem of regere to direct) + -tus past participle suffix; (adj.) (< French correct) < Latin, as above
Related formscor·rect·a·ble, cor·rect·i·ble, adjectivecor·rect·a·bil·i·ty, cor·rect·i·bil·i·ty, nouncor·rect·ing·ly, adverbcor·rect·ly, adverbcor·rect·ness, nouncor·rec·tor, nounre·cor·rect, verb (used with object)un·cor·rect·ed, adjectiveun·der·cor·rect, verb (used with object)well-cor·rect·ed, adjective

Synonyms for correct

Synonym study

3. See punish. 8. Correct, accurate, precise imply conformity to fact, standard, or truth. A correct statement is one free from error, mistakes, or faults. An accurate statement is one that shows careful conformity to fact, truth, or spirit. A precise statement shows scrupulously strict and detailed conformity to fact. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of correctable

  • Poor material condition, inadequate training, and incorrect methods of operation are preventable or correctable.

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British Dictionary definitions for correctable


verb (tr)

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
Derived Formscorrectable or correctible, adjectivecorrectly, adverbcorrectness, nouncorrector, noun

Word Origin for correct

C14: from Latin corrigere to make straight, put in order, from com- (intensive) + regere to rule
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Word Origin and History for correctable



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.

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Medicine definitions for correctable




To remove, remedy, or counteract something, such as a malfunction or defect.


Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
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Idioms and Phrases with correctable


see stand corrected.

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