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correct

cor·rect

correct

 
 
pronunciation:
k rekt
parts of speech:
verb, adjective
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part of speech: verb
inflections: corrected, correcting, corrects
definition 1: to fix the mistakes in; change to make right.
The student corrected the answers on her test after the teacher graded it.
similar words:
edit, fix, mend, perfect, straighten out, touch up
definition 2: to show the mistakes of; scold; punish.
My mother corrected him for his bad manners.
synonyms:
admonish, take to task
similar words:
criticize, scold
definition 3: to make agree with a standard.
She will need glasses to correct her eyesight.
synonyms:
adjust, fix, remedy
similar words:
alter, mend, modify, repair, right, straighten out
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: with no mistakes; accurate.
The teacher smiled when the student gave the correct answer.
synonyms:
accurate, right
antonyms:
false, mistaken, wrong
similar words:
exact, faithful, perfect, precise
definition 2: agreeing with a rule or accepted way of doing things; proper.
We were careful to use correct manners at the ball.
synonyms:
proper
antonyms:
improper
similar words:
appropriate, flawless, formal, perfect, prescribed, right, straight, suitable
derivations: correctly (adv.), correctness (n.)
Word History
Correct comes from a Latin word that means "to make straight."
Word Builder: correct +
  • correctly:
    in the correct way.
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Word Parts
The word correct contains the following part:
reg, rect, rig1 Latin root that means king, rule, guide; straight