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[kuh-rekt] /kəˈrɛkt/
verb (used with object)
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.
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.
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
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 forms
correctable, correctible, adjective
correctability, correctibility, noun
correctingly, adverb
correctly, adverb
correctness, noun
corrector, noun
recorrect, verb (used with object)
uncorrected, adjective
undercorrect, verb (used with object)
well-corrected, adjective
1. rectify, amend, emend, reform, remedy. 3. warn, chasten, castigate. See punish. 8. faultless, perfect, exact. 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
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verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
correctable, correctible, adjective
correctly, adverb
correctness, noun
corrector, noun
Word Origin
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 correct

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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correct in Medicine

correct cor·rect (kə-rěkt')
v. cor·rect·ed, cor·rect·ing, cor·rects
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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