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 race, sexuality, ecology, etc.: Is it environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree? Most of the judges in this district have correct political views.

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

correctable, correctible, adjective
correctability, correctibility, noun
correctingly, adverb
correctly, adverb
correctness, noun
corrector, noun
half-corrected, adjective
overcorrect, adjective, verb
precorrect, verb (used with object)
precorrectly, adverb
precorrectness, noun
quasi-correct, adjective
quasi-correctly, adverb
recorrect, verb (used with object)
uncorrectable, adjective
uncorrectably, adverb
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.
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correct (kəˈrɛkt)
1.  to make free from errors
2.  to indicate the errors in
3.  to rebuke or punish in order to set right or improve: to correct a child; to stand corrected
4.  to counteract or rectify (a malfunction, ailment, etc): these glasses will correct your sight
5.  to adjust or make conform, esp to a standard
6.  free from error; true; accurate: the correct version
7.  in conformity with accepted standards: correct behaviour
[C14: from Latin corrigere to make straight, put in order, from com- (intensive) + regere to rule]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "to set right, rectify" (a fault or error), from L. correctus, pp. of corrigere "to put straight, reduce to order, set right;" in transf. use, "to reform, amend," esp. of speech or writing, from com- intens. prefix + regere "to lead straight, rule" (see regal). Originally
of persons; with ref. to writing, etc., attested from late 14c. The pp. adj. is recorded from mid-15c.
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Medical Dictionary

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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