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English adjective: correct

1. correct free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth

SamplesThe correct answer.
The correct version.
The right answer.
Took the right road.
The right decision.


Similaraccurate, exact, letter-perfect, precise, straight, word-perfect

See alsoaccurate, proper, true

Attributecorrectness, rightness

Antonymsincorrect, wrong

2. correct socially right or correct

SamplesIt isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye.
Correct behavior.




3. correct in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure

SamplesWhat's the right word for this?.
The right way to open oysters.




4. correct correct in opinion or judgment

SamplesTime proved him right.




English verb: correct

1. correct (change) make right or correct

SamplesCorrect the mistakes.
Rectify the calculation.

Synonymsrectify, right

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change by reversal, reverse, turn

Narrower (hyponym)amend, debug, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair


2. correct (social) make reparations or amends for

SamplesRight a wrongs done to the victims of the Holocaust.

Synonymscompensate, redress, right

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)aby, abye, atone, expiate, over-correct, overcompensate


3. correct (communication) censure severely

SamplesShe chastised him for his insensitive remarks.

Synonymscastigate, chasten, chastise, objurgate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)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

Narrower (hyponym)flame

4. correct (stative) adjust for

SamplesEngineers will work to correct the effects or air resistance.

Synonymscompensate, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)balance, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize

Narrower (hyponym)carry, compensate, cover, overcompensate

5. correct (social) punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience

SamplesThe teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently.

Synonymsdiscipline, sort out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)penalise, penalize, punish

6. correct (motion) go down in value

SamplesThe stock market corrected.
Prices slumped.

Synonymsdecline, slump

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come down, descend, fall, go down

7. correct (change) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard

SamplesAdjust the clock, please.
Correct the alignment of the front wheels.

Synonymsadjust, set

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)align, attune, calibrate, citify, coordinate, decompress, depressurise, depressurize, fine-tune, fit, focalise, focalize, focus, graduate, harmonise, harmonize, justify, linearise, linearize, match, modulate, modulate, ordinate, plumb, pressurise, pressurize, proportion, readjust, reconcile, regulate, reset, set, sharpen, sync, synchronise, synchronize, temper, time, time, trim, tune, tune, tune up, tune up, zero, zero, zero in

8. correct (body) treat a defect

SamplesThe new contact lenses will correct for his myopia.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)care for, treat

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