Meaning of CORRECT in English


[cor.rect] vt [ME, fr. L correctus, pp. of corrigere, fr. com- + regere to lead straight--more at right] (14c) 1 a: to make or set right: amend b: counteract, neutralize c: to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition "~ a lens for spherical aberration"

2. a: to punish (as a child) with a view to reforming or improving b: to point out usu. for amendment the errors or faults of "spent the day ~ing tests" -- adj -- cor.rec.tor n syn correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects "correct your spelling". rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed "rectify a misguided policy". emend specif. implies correction of a text or manuscript "emend a text". remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil "set out to remedy the evils of the world". redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance "redress past social injustices". amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usu. suggesting slight changes "amend a law", reform implying drastic change "plans to reform the court system", and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes "revise the schedule". syn see in addition punish

[2]correct adj [ME, corrected, fr. L correctus, fr. pp. of corrigere] (1676) 1: conforming to an approved or conventional standard

2: conforming to or agreeing with fact, logic, or known truth

3: conforming to a set figure "enclosed the ~ return postage" -- adv -- cor.rect.ness n syn correct, accurate, exact, precise, nice, right mean conforming to fact, standard, or truth. correct usu. implies freedom from fault or error "correct answers" "socially correct dress". accurate implies fidelity to fact or truth attained by exercise of care "an accurate description". exact stresses a very strict agreement with fact, standard, or truth "exact measurements". precise adds to exact an emphasis on sharpness of definition or delimitation "precise calibration". nice stresses great precision and delicacy of adjustment or discrimination "makes nice distinctions". right is close to correct but has a stronger positive emphasis on conformity to fact or truth rather than mere absence of error or fault "the right thing to do".

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