- 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 correctly
If you answered seven or more of these correctly, you are eligible for a lifetime supply of Metamucil.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Still, ISS correctly points out that Democrats get more votes down South than electoral outcomes suggest.Seriously, Democrats: You’re Done in Dixie
December 10, 2014
However, Martin redeemed himself when correctly guessing a fake expletive-laden clue read by Meyers.Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin Play Game of ‘Game of Thrones’
October 29, 2014
We asked one of the authors, Lisa Brosseau, if Will had correctly relayed her work.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 19
October 19, 2014
The only other option is to use laser-guided bombs, but even then the target has to be correctly indentified beforehand.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
October 10, 2014
I've always been taken with the chap; and I'm very glad you read him correctly.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You have defined her character, my dear sir, as correctly as if you had known her from her birth.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I see, rather, that accounts which other people keep have been correctly kept.'A Woman Intervenes
In after years, it was carefully and correctly drawn in all its aspects.
The possibility must exist to use it correctly in exchange for other goods.Bremen Cotton Exchange
Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
- 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 correctly
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 correctly
see stand corrected.