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.
(of a judgment or opinion) just or right: I feel this decision is correct because of the defendant’s age.
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.
- cor·rect·a·ble, cor·rect·i·ble, adjective
- cor·rect·a·bil·i·ty, cor·rect·i·bil·i·ty, noun
- cor·rect·ly, adverb
- cor·rect·ness, noun
- cor·rec·tor, noun
- re·cor·rect, verb (used with object)
- un·cor·rect·ed, adjective
- well-cor·rect·ed, adjective
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How to use correct in a sentence
I realized in that moment shoes as gifts are uncommon because they’re so hard to get correct because of size, and no one likes returning and exchanging gifts.Xesto is a foot scanning app that simplifies shoe gifting | Natasha Lomas | November 20, 2020 | TechCrunch
The opportunity to talk colugo with local residents and correct misconceptions is one of the reasons Miard likes to study colugos in villages.On a cool night in Malaysia, scientists track mysterious colugos across the treetops | Yao-Hua Law | November 20, 2020 | Science News
However, you are correct about not answering unidentified numbers.
That’s precisely why it’s the government’s job to step in and correct these market failures.
A new theory of gravity was underway, he said, and as soon as he could prove it correct, “your inspired investigations into the foundations of mechanics … will receive a splendid confirmation.”When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners | Amanda Gefter | November 18, 2020 | Nautilus
The misidentification has since been corrected, and The Daily Beast regrets the error.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos | Michael Daly | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected, two quotes that appeared due to an editor's error have been removed.Commando Colonel Accused of Exposing his Lover to HIV | Jacob Siegel | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The article have been corrected to reflect that Rosenmarkle deployed with the Army to Iraq but did not serve in Afghanistan.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria | Jacob Siegel | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her ads contain several inaccurate assertions of fact (not opinion) that should be corrected.To Fight Pam Geller, Join Our Comedy Jihad at the MTA | Dean Obeidallah | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It has since been corrected in the body of the article to reflect this.
I knew he was pleased, because whenever he corrected me he would say, "Nein, Kindchen" in such a gentle way!Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Whenever the contrary is heard from anyone, he is corrected, admonished, and punished—by myself if he is a secular.
Obvious printing errors have been corrected, while minor irregularities in the spelling have been retained.
This was a great hardship to banks, and has been corrected in many states by statutes and by the courts in others.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Mere clerical errors or mistakes in describing it may be corrected even after it has been destroyed.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for correct
to make free from errors
to indicate the errors in
to rebuke or punish in order to set right or improve: to 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; accurate: the correct version
in conformity with accepted standards: correct behaviour
- correctable or correctible, adjective
- correctly, adverb
- correctness, noun
- corrector, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with correct
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