Definition of accurate in English:



  • 1(especially of information, measurements, or predictions) correct in all details; exact.

    ‘accurate information about the illness is essential’
    ‘an accurate assessment’
    • ‘At best they distill public information into the most accurate predictions possible.’
    • ‘The writing is full of exposition and flowery, stilted language that may in fact be historically accurate but in large measure prevents the characters from coming to life.’
    • ‘For detailed and accurate information about Bradford trolley buses, I would recommend the several books by J S King.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, it is precisely by providing accurate news and information that we earn and keep our credibility.’
    • ‘In addition, the effects of a particular treatment can be more precisely calculated and evaluated with accurate measurements.’
    • ‘I would have expected that Crikey strongly supports the rapid provision of accurate information to correct errors.’
    • ‘Any discrepancies can then be adjusted, ensuring crews have an accurate measurement of their speed.’
    • ‘There were no accurate measurements of the weather to call upon during this time but the discovery and colonization of Greenland by Eric the Red supports this hypothesis.’
    • ‘The results of this study indicate that these subjects were more accurate in predicting their obesity than their aerobic fitness level.’
    • ‘To solve this problem, a combination of detailed structural information and accurate, time-resolved measurements are required.’
    • ‘As shown in these tables, precise and accurate measurement of hair can be made.’
    • ‘An ongoing two-year preliminary survey of more than 80 women has finely tuned the new equipment to ensure the most accurate measurement can be carried out.’
    • ‘It was a lifeline of accurate news and information for millions.’
    • ‘The ratings system can never be a fair and accurate measurement of a player's contribution to a game.’
    • ‘Adding to the problems of making accurate measurements is the fact that cold or warm weather patterns can run in cycles, anywhere from a week to even a season.’
    • ‘One of the main problems they face is getting detailed and accurate information from potential companies.’
    • ‘Distributing free tickets before the event solved the first problem because we now had an accurate measurement of how many students were planning to attend.’
    • ‘This information can be used to make more accurate predictions of weather and climate.’
    • ‘The corrected equation therefore makes a more accurate prediction.’
    • ‘‘From measurements on the map and accurate measurements on the ground there is something wrong in that area,’ he said.’
    correct, precise, exact, right, errorless, error-free, without error, faultless, perfect, valid, specific, detailed, minute, explicit, clear-cut, word for word, unambiguous, meticulous, authoritative, reliable, canonical
    factual, fact-based, literal, correct, faithful, exact, close, true, truthful, veracious, true to life, telling it like it is, as it really happened, lifelike, authentic, realistic, fair
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    1. 1.1 (of an instrument or method) capable of giving accurate information.
      ‘an accurate thermometer’
      • ‘There certainly remains a need for more accurate methods to estimate heritabilities and genetic correlations in the absence of pedigree information.’
      • ‘Now, rapid, accurate methods are needed to provide information regarding the fat and lean content during the on-line processing of pork carcasses.’
      • ‘The oldest and least accurate method is dowsing.’
      • ‘Mick Nevin and Pat Dowling executed a slick and accurate interchange of passes that created the space for Paul Dermody to advance and secure a 68th minute lead for Villa.’
      • ‘The sensor can time this journey down to the nanosecond, ESA says, meaning that the instrument is accurate to within two centimetres.’
      • ‘Present-day performers commonly adopt practices of earlier periods whether or not they use historically accurate instruments.’
      • ‘It's all well and good installing gadgets into a house and having researchers test them, but it is not the most accurate method of ascertaining consumers' reactions.’
      • ‘These techniques provide a more accurate method of assessing energy expenditure patterns.’
      • ‘Greene and his associates have devised a more accurate method for calculating graduation rates.’
      • ‘There is a more accurate method, but it's high-tech.’
      • ‘In terms of the topology scores, the five most accurate methods were not significantly different from one another.’
      • ‘The sundial developed into a more accurate instrument with the introduction of the hemispherical sundial around 300 BC.’
      • ‘There is no accurate method of calculating the city's true population, and tourists also contribute directly to the excess garbage problems, he said.’
      • ‘This is probably the most accurate method but requires centrifugation of the sample, analysis of the separated plasma, and use of a moderately complex equation.’
      • ‘An unborn baby's developing nose could provide doctors with a more accurate method of screening for Down's syndrome, a new study showed yesterday.’
      • ‘She also explained how coronary angiography is the most accurate method of evaluating and determining the type of surgery a patient needs.’
      • ‘Sophisticated and accurate methods of analysing respiratory gases were developed in the twentieth century, and the mechanisms of external respiration are now well defined.’
      • ‘For ketosis, the scientists' goal is to come up with a fast, accurate method of identifying animals less likely to suffer the disorder.’
      • ‘You could also use a digital thermometer to take an axillary temperature, although this is a less accurate method.’
      • ‘Today, we can reveal we have obtained a draft copy of that very test, a powerful and highly accurate method of assessing individuals for senior positions.’
      • ‘But the effects of Einstein's theory in our solar system are very, very small and therefore you have to make very accurate instruments to test them.’
    2. 1.2 Providing a faithful representation of someone or something.
      ‘the portrait is an accurate likeness of Mozart’
      • ‘If diaries can't be relied on for accurate representation of the past, as this argument would maintain, then we need to read them much the way we read novels.’
      • ‘I enjoyed it for what it was, but I wasn't overly inspired or captivated by Jo's life - however accurate a representation it really is.’
      • ‘Maybe these were accurate representations or interpretations of the original article, or maybe not.’
      • ‘He doesn't believe the film to be an accurate representation of his life, but since when did major motion pictures deal in the naked truth?’
      • ‘She encouraged Darrel to tell her about the beetle as she drew, describing the legs, the wings, and the antennae, in order to ensure an accurate representation.’
      • ‘People expect photographs to be accurate representations or records of reality.’
      • ‘I have been asked by quite a few people about this video and whether it was an accurate representation of what I have seen and experienced.’
      • ‘Principal Dr David Watkins said students did very well in the college's vocational courses and he criticised the league tables for not giving an accurate representation of their achievements.’
      • ‘As with the other two extended editions, this version is also a far more faithful and accurate interpretation of the book.’
      • ‘I thought it was an accurate representation of the Gospels.’
      • ‘I don't know if this is an accurate visual representation of Gaby, but I'm looking at the picture representing the father here.’
      • ‘Who on earth figured they could get an accurate representation of my social studies knowledge by handing me a vague question and giving me an hour and a half to come up with something brilliant?’
      • ‘This is a surprisingly accurate artists representation of me, except I don't normally have wings, or a hole in my side.’
      • ‘It's been described as an epidemic, and I think that's an accurate representation, at this point.’
      • ‘Over all I was not disappointed but I could not feel anything other than that the film was an accurate visual representation of what happened even if the characters were flattened.’
      • ‘To Marshall Bertrand, Napoleon's faithful aide, this was the most accurate likeness.’
      • ‘It will not be enough for him to hide behind some evasion to the effect that the pictures were an accurate representation of events which the Mirror still believes actually took place.’
      • ‘You might want to take a closer look, because that photo might not be an accurate representation of what you'll get when you check in.’
      • ‘Even so, they can offer accurate representations of people's beliefs.’
      • ‘So, knowing you changed nothing on the camera, how many of the images do you think will be an accurate representation of what you saw?’
      factual, fact-based, literal, correct, faithful, exact, close, true, truthful, veracious, true to life, telling it like it is, as it really happened, lifelike, authentic, realistic, fair
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  • 2(with reference to a weapon, missile, or shot) capable of or successful in reaching the intended target.

    ‘reliable, accurate rifles’
    ‘a player who can deliver long accurate passes to the wingers’
    • ‘Stronskiy is an engineer at Izhmash, and known for creating superbly accurate target rifles.’
    • ‘The addition of Global Positioning System equipment makes the weapons even more accurate.’
    • ‘The service pistol is a close personal defense weapon and is deadly accurate.’
    • ‘In an age where ‘getting it right’ is everything, smart, accurate weapons may actually seem more moral, intelligent and correct.’
    • ‘In the game, everything was designed to go right for the U.S.: weapons were accurate, soldiers were fast and agile, and the command was all knowing.’
    • ‘Since then the US military has claimed its weapons are more accurate and its targets more carefully selected.’
    • ‘Hunters had no very accurate weapons for shooting small birds at a distance; they would throw a net over the crouching dog and the birds together.’
    • ‘Mr Rae said the gun was widely used throughout the second world war and was renowned as an extremely mobile and accurate weapon.’
    • ‘Police say the weapon used in the shootings was likely an assault rifle or a hunting rifle, accurate up to 650 meters.’
    • ‘Now we have weapons that are highly accurate and affordable.’
    • ‘Yes, we have powerful, accurate weapons; well-trained and humane soldiers; excellent leadership.’
    • ‘Technologically, strong land fortifications ease the security dilemma, and highly accurate but vulnerable nuclear weapons exacerbate it.’
    • ‘And lastly, our future emphasizes advancements in smarter, smaller and more accurate weapons.’
    • ‘It is less important for armies to concentrate firepower because modern weapons are so accurate.’
    • ‘The effort to achieve more accurate weapons began in World War I and approached modern capabilities with PGMs toward the end of the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘The weapon is very accurate at close range and you can go through a whole clip of 30 with very little recoil, ensuring that you don't lose sight of your target.’
    • ‘GPS receivers fitted to munitions transform ‘dumb bombs’ into accurate, all-weather weapons.’
    • ‘The weapon is accurate at long distances and the projectile moves pretty fast.’
    • ‘It's a good all-around weapon with accurate fire.’
    • ‘One is that weapons will be very accurate, because of the guidance provided by GPS, laser-designation, and inertial systems.’
    well aimed, precise, on target, unerring, deadly, lethal, sure, true, on the mark, careful, meticulous, painstaking, precision
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Late 16th century: from Latin accuratus ‘done with care’, past participle of accurare, from ad- ‘towards’ + cura ‘care’.