correct

When something is true, legitimate or right, you can say it's correct, using the word as an adjective. It can also be a verb; to correct wrong answers is to adjust them to make them right.

The origin of correct can be found in the Latin word regere, "to guide," which became correctus as the past participle of corrigere, meaning "to straighten." When you correct your posture, you sit up straight. Sometimes when your cell phone tries to correct your spelling you can end up with some amusing sentences.

Primary Meanings of correct

1.
adjv
free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
make right or correct
2.
v
censure severely
3.
v
make reparations or amends for
4.
v
go down in value
Full Definitions of correct
1

adj free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

“the correct answer”
“the correct version”
Synonyms:
right
accurate
conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
accurate, exact, precise
(of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
letter-perfect, word-perfect
correct to the last detail; especially being in or following the exact words
straight
following a correct or logical method
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
true
consistent with fact or reality; not false
Antonyms:
incorrect, wrong
not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
inaccurate
not exact
erroneous
containing or characterized by error
fallacious
based on an incorrect or misleading notion or information
false, mistaken
arising from error
improper
not suitable or right or appropriate
false
not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
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adj in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

Synonyms:
right
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

adj socially right or correct

correct behavior”
Synonyms:
right
proper
marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness

adj correct in opinion or judgment

Synonyms:
right
right-minded
disposed toward or having views based on what is right
Antonyms:
wrong
based on or acting or judging in error
wrongheaded
obstinately perverse in judgment or opinion
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v make right or correct

Correct the mistakes”
Synonyms:
rectify, right
Antonyms:
falsify
falsify knowingly
Types:
amend, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair
set straight or right
debug
locate and correct errors in a computer program code
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

v alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

correct the alignment of the front wheels”
Synonyms:
adjust, set
Types:
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proportion
adjust in size relative to other things
modulate
adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
temper
adjust the pitch (of pianos)
tune, tune up
adjust the pitches of (musical instruments)
calibrate, fine-tune, graduate
make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring
tune, tune up
adjust for (better) functioning
time
adjust so that a force is applied and an action occurs at the desired time
trim
adjust (sails on a ship) so that the wind is optimally used
zero, zero in
adjust (as by firing under test conditions) the zero of (a gun)
zero
adjust (an instrument or device) to zero value
readjust, reset
adjust again after an initial failure
attune
adjust or accustom to; bring into harmony with
time
regulate or set the time of
set
set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
modulate, regulate
fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
focalise, focalize, focus, sharpen
put (an image) into focus
sync, synchronise, synchronize
make synchronous and adjust in time or manner
pressurise, pressurize
increase the pressure in or of
decompress, depressurise, depressurize
decrease the pressure of
fit, match
make correspond or harmonize
plumb
adjust with a plumb line so as to make vertical
align, coordinate, ordinate
bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation
harmonise, harmonize, reconcile
bring into consonance or accord
linearise, linearize
make linear or get into a linear form
justify
adjust the spaces between words
citify
accustom to urban ways
reset
set to zero
fine-tune, tweak
adjust finely
refocus
put again into focus or focus more sharply
phase
adjust so as to be in a synchronized condition
puncture
cause to lose air pressure or collapse by piercing
scale down
reduce proportionally
scale up
increase proportionally
service
make fit for use
misalign
align imperfectly or badly
key
harmonize with or adjust to
advance, set ahead
move forward
tune in
regulate (a radio or television set) in order to receive a certain station or program
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v treat a defect

“The new contact lenses will correct for his myopia”
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for

v adjust for

“engineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance”
Synonyms:
compensate, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
Types:
carry
compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
compensate, cover, overcompensate
make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
Type of:
balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize
bring into balance or equilibrium
2

v censure severely

Synonyms:
castigate, chasten, chastise, objurgate
Types:
flame
criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
Type of:
bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task, trounce
censure severely or angrily

v punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

Synonyms:
discipline, sort out
Type of:
penalise, penalize, punish
impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on
3

v make reparations or amends for

Synonyms:
compensate, redress, right
Antonyms:
wrong
treat unjustly; do wrong to
Types:
over-correct, overcompensate
make excessive corrections for fear of making an error
aby, abye, atone, expiate
make amends for
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
4

v go down in value

“the stock market corrected
Synonyms:
decline, slump
Type of:
come down, descend, fall, go down
move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

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