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AutoCorrect

[aw-toh-kuh-rekt] /ˌɔ toʊ kəˈrɛkt/
noun
1.
a software feature that automatically replaces a word in a word-processed document, text message, spreadsheet, or search box, or suggests an alternative word, if the word does not appear in a built-in dictionary.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
2.
to correct by use of this built-in dictionary:
I typed ‘foluw’, and it autocorrected to ‘follow’.
Also, autocorrect, Autocorrect.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90; auto(matic) + correct
Related forms
autocorrection, noun
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Contemporary definitions for AutoCorrect
noun

an automatic feature in software that corrects common spelling and capitalization errors, and can replace certain designated characters with special symbols

Examples

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Word Origin

auto(matic) + correct(ion)

Usage Note

computing

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