correct

[ kuh-rekt ]
/ kəˈrɛkt /

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.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. corrade,
  2. corral,
  3. corrasion,
  4. corrasive,
  5. correa,
  6. correcting plate,
  7. correction,
  8. correction fluid,
  9. correctional,
  10. correctional facility

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

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for correctness

correct

/ (kəˈrɛkt) /

verb (tr)

adjective

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 correctness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for correctness

correct

[ kə-rĕkt ]

v.

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

adj.

Free from error or fault; true or accurate.

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Idioms and Phrases with correctness

correct

see stand corrected.

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