corrects, correcting, corrected
1) ADJ If something is correct, it is in accordance with the facts and has no mistakes. [FORMAL]

The correct answers can be found at the bottom of page 8...

The following information was correct at time of going to press...

Doctors examine their patients thoroughly in order to make a correct diagnosis.

Derived words:
correctly ADV ADV with v

Did I pronounce your name correctly?...

You have to correctly answer each question.

correctness N-UNCOUNT

Ask the investor to check the correctness of what he has written.

2) ADJ: v-link ADJ If someone is correct, what they have said or thought is true. [FORMAL]

You are absolutely correct. The leaves are from a bay tree...

If Casey is correct, the total cost of the cleanup would come to $110 billion.

3) ADJ: ADJ n The correct thing or method is the thing or method that is required or is most suitable in a particular situation.

The use of the correct materials was crucial...

White was in no doubt the referee made the correct decision.

...the correct way to produce a crop of tomato plants.

Derived words:
correctly ADV ADV with v

If correctly executed, this shot will give them a better chance of getting the ball close to the hole.

4) ADJ: usu ADJ in -ing/n If you say that someone is correct in doing something, you approve of their action.

You are perfectly correct in trying to steer your mother towards increased independence...

I think the president was correct to reject the offer.

Derived words:
correctly ADV ADV with cl

When an accident happens, quite correctly questions are asked.

5) VERB If you correct a problem, mistake, or fault, you do something which puts it right.

[V n] He may need surgery to correct the problem...

[V n] He has criticised the government for inefficiency and delays in correcting past mistakes.

Derived words:
correction [[t]kəre̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] plural N-VAR

...legislation to require the correction of factual errors...

We will then make the necessary corrections.

6) VERB If you correct someone, you say something which you think is more accurate or appropriate than what they have just said.

[V n with quote] `Actually, that isn't what happened,' George corrects me...

[V n] I must correct him on a minor point. [Also V with quote]

7) VERB When someone corrects a piece of writing, they look at it and mark the mistakes in it.

[V n] It took an extraordinary effort to focus on preparing his classes or correcting his students' work.

8) ADJ-GRADED If a person or their behaviour is correct, their behaviour is in accordance with social or other rules.

I think English men are very polite and very correct...

We were rather surprised by their sporting and correct behaviour.

Derived words:
correctly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

The High Court of Parliament began very correctly with a prayer for the Queen.

correctness N-UNCOUNT

...his stiff-legged gait and formal correctness.

9) CONVENTION (vagueness) You say `correct me if I'm wrong' to indicate that you are not entirely sure that what you are about to say is true. [SPOKEN]

As I recall, but correct me if I'm wrong, it was in a car park in Carmarthen.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • correct — vb 1 Correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to set or make right something which is wrong. One corrects something which is inaccurate, untrue, or imperfect or which contains errors, faults, or defects, when one by… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • correct — correct, ecte (ko rrèkt, rrè kt ; le ct se prononce ; Chifflet, Gramm. p. 208, l indique dans le XVIIe s. ; le pluriel se prononce comme au singulier : des auteurs corrects et élégants, dites : des auteurs ko rrè kt et élégants ; mais comment… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • correct — Correct, [corr]ecte. adj. Où il n y a point de fautes. Il se dit de l escriture, & du langage. Ce livre est fort correct. il en fit faire une copie correcte. son langage, son discours, son style est fort correct. cette phrase est correcte, n est… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • correct — UK US /kəˈrekt/ verb ► [I or T] if prices, values, etc. correct or correct themselves, they change and become more normal after a period of being too high, too low, etc.: »The market is positioned to correct and that is what s happening. »Experts …   Financial and business terms

  • Correct — Cor*rect (k[^o]r*r[e^]kt ), a. [L. correctus, p. p. of corrigere to make straight, to correct; cor + regere to lead straight: cf. F. correct. See {Regular}, {Right}, and cf. {Escort}.] Set right, or made straight; hence, conformable to truth,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • correct — CORRECT, ECTE. adj. Où il n y a point de fautes. Il se dit De l écriture et du langage. Ce Livre est fort correct. Il en fit faire une copie correcte. Son langage, son discours, son style est fort correct. Cette phrase est correcte, n est pas… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Correct — Cor*rect , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Corrected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Correcting}.] 1. To make right; to bring to the standard of truth, justice, or propriety; to rectify; as, to correct manners or principles. [1913 Webster] This is a defect in the first… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • correct — [kə rekt′] vt. [ME correcten < L correctus, pp. of corrigere < com , together + regere, to lead straight, rule: see RECKON] 1. to make right; change from wrong to right; remove errors from 2. to point out or mark the errors or faults of 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • correct — [adj1] accurate, exact according to Hoyle*, actual, amen*, appropriate, cooking with gas*, dead on*, equitable, factual, faithful, faultless, flawless, for sure, free of error, impeccable, just, legitimate, nice, okay, on target*, on the ball*,… …   New thesaurus

  • correct — (v.) 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, especially of speech or writing, from com , intensive prefix (see COM (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

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