Definition of correct in English:



  • 1Free from error; in accordance with fact or truth.

    ‘make sure you have been given the correct information’
    • ‘Their criticism could in principle be correct, but in fact doesn't describe real scientists.’
    • ‘Of cause, I thank Lisa for putting out the article, and they have done a great job to make sure the facts are correct.’
    • ‘I am sure his facts are correct regarding the problems which occurred last year.’
    • ‘Utilising software to manage your accounts is also the best way to ensure that the books are correct and reliably free of errors.’
    • ‘The correct nutrition facts are now on all one pound containers being produced.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there is no index, or references, and not all the historical facts seem correct.’
    • ‘If errors are detected, provide the assessment authorities with the correct information as soon as possible.’
    • ‘I have always been under the impression that an author must have correct facts to back a story.’
    • ‘I know that many of them are lying, but some of the facts were correct.’
    • ‘I do, however, believe that the debate would be more productive if the initial facts were correct.’
    • ‘Without the ability to gather correct information and facts a free person cannot make decisions and choices.’
    • ‘This perception is correct, because statistical errors are common.’
    • ‘Just make sure you use the correct facts before you say them.’
    • ‘Not that what we are seeing is all true or even mostly true, but the basic facts are correct.’
    • ‘Improved access to information about the correct site would minimize the risk of error.’
    • ‘That decision, as I shall endeavour to explain in due course, may well have been correct on its facts, but in my view it is of no assistance to the defendant in the present case.’
    • ‘They want to kill the messenger although he is speaking the truth and his facts are correct.’
    • ‘The templates help ensure that the correct information is in fact recorded and stored.’
    right, accurate, true, veracious, exact, precise, unerring, faithful, strict, faultless, flawless, errorless, error-free, perfect, word-perfect, scrupulous, meticulous
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    1. 1.1[predicative]Not mistaken in one's opinion or judgement; right.
      [with infinitive] ‘the government was correct to follow a course of defeating inflation’
      • ‘It's not that I think his analysis is correct in every respect.’
      • ‘Okay, so he may have been correct in his criticism.’
      • ‘He was correct in his approach here again, I think.’
      • ‘To the letter of the law, the judgement may well have been correct in Queensland law, despite a possibly harsh sentence.’
      • ‘He said a report before a cabinet committee would indicate that the government was correct in saying it needed to be very careful about this.’
      • ‘Last week's decision to end the excessively generous superannuation benefits for MPs was correct in principle.’
      • ‘The Court of Appeal, in our opinion, was correct in applying the dicta of the Acting Chief Justice and did so without error.’
      • ‘This is what many of us wish could happen, and I suspect that Epstein may be correct in theory.’
      • ‘I think your comments are correct in general but wrong as to Holmes.’
      • ‘If they were correct in their opinion, then the Constitution is on their side.’
      • ‘Professor Diamond is correct in saying we should learn from history and avoid, if possible, repeating the same mistakes over again.’
      • ‘He is correct in what he is saying but then partnerships, synergy and leverage are common business tools.’
      • ‘He is correct in pointing out that biodiesel is cleaner burning, but he is wrong to state that it is a newer technology.’
      • ‘Both senators are correct in their respective positions.’
      • ‘I think that the administration was correct in postponing it because of some due process concerns.’
      • ‘The Foreign Ministry is correct in its reasoning that the company appointed to destroy the missiles is an international one of some repute.’
      • ‘We are of the opinion that Mr Sheldon is correct in his submissions.’
      • ‘They were correct in their judgement not to rush into a quick decision in appointing the new man.’
      • ‘On that basis the Applicant is correct in calculating the children's entitlement as follows.’
      • ‘In my opinion, his Honour was correct in holding that it might be unconscionable to depart from those assumptions.’
    2. 1.2Meeting the requirements of or most appropriate for a particular situation or activity.
      ‘cut the top and bottom tracks to the correct length with a hacksaw’
      • ‘To get the correct arrow length, use a long arrow and draw the bow to full draw.’
      • ‘Please co-operate by only depositing the correct recyclables in the appropriate containers.’
      • ‘The correct length of a buttonhole is determined by the diameter, thickness and type of button used.’
      • ‘Therefore the choice of the correct or appropriate mode of internationalization or market entry is strategically important.’
      • ‘So by combining the correct number of the appropriate ions an electrically neutral compound is produced.’
      • ‘They can also have to go to great lengths to source the correct fabric for a period.’
      • ‘Hopefully, this will help you in getting a better understanding of the situation and making the correct decision.’
      • ‘The jacket and trousers are the correct length and it's good quality.’
      • ‘Voters were redirected where appropriate to their correct polling places.’
      • ‘Once the length is correct and your boot snaps into the binding correctly, setting everything else is easy.’
      • ‘Start with trying to find the loft that's right for you, along with the correct shaft flex and length.’
      • ‘Always make sure that the spark plug is the correct length for the engine.’
      • ‘Survivability may hinge on the use of the correct technique appropriate to the environment you are fighting in.’
      • ‘Here is where the real-time requirements become critical for correct game operation.’
      • ‘Gone is the need to manually set the VCR whilst separately ensuring the cable box is on the correct channel at the appropriate time.’
      • ‘Once you've got a rough idea of where you want everything to go, measure up your tubing and cut yourself the correct lengths.’
      • ‘When you discuss any type of a response to a violent encounter, you need to think in terms of using the correct tool for the situation.’
      • ‘I strongly suggest you do a mock install to properly measure the correct tubing length, and to make sure everything properly fits.’
      • ‘When the library receives a media request from an application, it mounts the appropriate cartridge to the correct drive.’
      • ‘In all truth, using the correct anchor is only important if you don't want to drift away.’
    3. 1.3(of a person or their appearance or behaviour) conforming to accepted social standards; proper.
      ‘he was a polite man, invariably correct and pleasant with Mrs Collins’
      • ‘Dr Arderne gives advice on medical procedures, cures and potions and correct deportment for doctors.’
      • ‘In a normal society something like Hooke's Law would operate on them as they veered out of the groove of correct behaviour.’
      • ‘Just as Paul saw himself as exemplifying the correct behaviour, so also he saw himself as the model of exertion.’
      • ‘Therefore, while we are not always to blame for their behavior, we are correct to feel responsible.’
      • ‘He is the fountain-head of good manners and correct social behaviour as well as the ultimate spiritual and ethical guide.’
      • ‘These phrases are a demand that individuals submit to a code for correct behaviour.’
      proper, seemly, decorous, decent, respectable, right, suitable, fit, fitting, befitting, appropriate, apt
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    4. 1.4North American Conforming to a particular political or ideological orthodoxy.
      ‘the materials used are as environmentally correct as possible’
      • ‘Though for the most part politically left of center, they refuse to abide by the heavy jargon of correct political thinking.’
      • ‘Those wearing different coloured clothing or growing their hair long were seen as having problems with correct political thinking.’
      • ‘This means it cannot be treated as general news; the correct political line must be observed.’
      • ‘Our political etiquette is correct, but our theory is not so perfect.’


  • 1 Put right (an error or fault)

    ‘the Council issued a statement correcting some points in the press reports’
    • ‘Residents of neighbouring Brandon Grove are without electricity for two hours tonight while the fault is corrected.’
    • ‘However, only one of the faults was corrected, it emerged yesterday.’
    • ‘Over time, the system tends to correct its own mistakes.’
    • ‘As contractors worked to correct the fault, commuters and business traffic faced long tail-backs and delays.’
    • ‘It is only right that a few myths and misunderstandings are corrected.’
    • ‘She also corrects small misconceptions that have been propagated in the many existing potted biographies of Franklin.’
    • ‘Engineers are very anxious to learn of its findings and to begin to correct the faults of the main water supply line from up north in New York State down to the City.’
    • ‘After determining the error, they use another series of pulses to correct the mistake.’
    • ‘I have now corrected the typo ‘missages’ in the last paragraph of my last post.’
    • ‘When I tried to get the seller to either correct the faults or refund me my money, he tried to brush me off.’
    • ‘How it has taken almost a month to correct whatever fault that has rendered the traffic lights at this dangerous junction inoperable is beyond me.’
    • ‘Under the old system the Council was able to correct errors in an application by simply contacting the applicant.’
    • ‘This allows me to meet each student outside of lecture, correct misunderstandings, and catch errors in the forms.’
    • ‘For this reason I do not have time to correct any typos or add links.’
    • ‘Phil has corrected some typos on those satellite photos.’
    • ‘First, let us correct a mistake that was in our NFL preview issue.’
    • ‘Employers should check the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and correct any faults.’
    • ‘Even the British Standards Institution has decided not to issue a press release to correct the misunderstanding.’
    • ‘Mr. Arnold later published an erratum sheet correcting the error.’
    • ‘It is necessary, at the outset, to correct some misconceptions about the issue of corruption.’
    rectify, put right, set right, right, amend, emend, remedy, redress, cure, square, make good, improve, better, ameliorate, repair, revise, alter, edit, rewrite, redraft, rescript, reword, rework
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    1. 1.1Mark the errors in (a written or printed text)
      ‘he corrected Dixon's writing for publication’
      • ‘As for the teacher who was correcting books when it took place, he was relieved no one was hurt in the school.’
      • ‘All of the exams are automatically set and corrected, which dramatically reduces the administration.’
      • ‘It was tedious work and the more I corrected it and rewrote it, the more mistakes I found.’
      • ‘Though Ernst says he repeatedly offered to correct the text free of charge, his overtures were rejected.’
      • ‘We are grateful to J. Eckart for correcting the English text.’
      • ‘However, he also pointed out many people were unaware of the work of sub-editors, who corrected and improved copy.’
      • ‘The test is corrected automatically, and the results are sent to cardholders and program managers simultaneously.’
      • ‘The proofreader then corrects the text and the editor looks through it again and makes the final changes.’
      • ‘Mr. Stilts waited patiently, correcting papers or tests at his desk.’
      • ‘If at home, he is correcting the drafts of students, and burning the midnight oil.’
      • ‘After roll was done and all the students were accounted for the Professor started passing out the corrected tests.’
      • ‘Muriel meanwhile went into her office and started correcting some spelling tests from earlier that day.’
      • ‘The last thing a teacher wants to do while correcting mounds of tests is to spend time deciphering what a student has illegibly written.’
      • ‘The other was the plump man who had used the machine to correct his test.’
      indicate errors in, show mistakes in, point out faults in
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    2. 1.2Tell (someone) that they are mistaken.
      ‘he had assumed she was married and she had not corrected him’
      • ‘By the way, for over 20 years I've called him Louis, and I'm now corrected.’
      • ‘I just don't like it, and normally correct people immediately.’
      • ‘I am quick to correct the person and explain that I am definitely not on a diet.’
      • ‘I think it's funny to correct people when they're not necessarily wrong.’
      • ‘If you make a mistake, you are corrected gently, and promptly in a helpful way.’
      • ‘At any rate, I now find myself in the position of being much like my friend, correcting people and scoffing at them behind their back.’
      • ‘I stand corrected by Justin, Arbiter of Absolute Truth in Minor Jokes.’
      • ‘He prided himself on, you know, correcting people, on knowing things like that.’
      • ‘Howard sips claret from a picnic hamper as he corrects other people's mistakes.’
      • ‘I had originally thought it was Dutch, but a reader corrected me.’
      • ‘Everyone referred to us a couple, and after awhile we didn't bother to correct people.’
      • ‘Karyn, thanks for correcting me back there as well.’
      • ‘Or maybe she corrected him in front of a customer.’
      • ‘But it was only during my recent tour of Europe that I realized how awkward it could be if you have to correct people again and again on where you are from.’
      • ‘He corrects him: it's not a set of laws, but a sense of the rule of law.’
      • ‘It's not my job to correct people who base themselves on misinformation.’
      • ‘No child was corrected on the spot for mistakes committed during conversations.’
      • ‘I correct people all over the shop and I don't care what they think.’
      • ‘I got a lot of messages correcting me about the color of wedding dresses.’
      • ‘But I call upon any antepost dog experts in the audience to correct me if I'm mistaken.’
      scold, rebuke, chide, reprimand, reprove, admonish, lecture, berate, chastise, castigate
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    3. 1.3Counteract or rectify.
      ‘the steel industry's current overcapacity will be corrected this year’
      • ‘Therefore, income splitting for couples with dependent children rectifies and corrects a fundamental anomaly in the present tax system.’
      • ‘To add to her misery, she has had to start wearing spectacles to correct her eyesight.’
      • ‘When hearing loss cannot be corrected medically or surgically, the patient is forced to wear a hearing aid.’
      • ‘Surgery can correct myopia by altering the shape of the cornea.’
      • ‘It seems Reese thinks he's not handsome enough and must correct some sort of minor orthodontic imperfection.’
      • ‘Had the screening been performed properly, a single sperm from the man would have been isolated and genetically altered to correct the defect.’
      • ‘Nobel counters and corrects a lot of PR-driven conventional wisdom about the plans, designs, objectives, and personalities that dominated the redevelopment process.’
      • ‘Soon it may be feasible to correct genetic disease or alter the genetic machinery of cells in a way that may be used to treat cancer or other acquired diseases.’
      • ‘No doubt schools could do a lot to correct this sort of misapprehension.’
      • ‘It is most often corrected with eyeglasses or surgery.’
      • ‘In some cases, the problem can be corrected by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.’
      • ‘In an effort to further define the metabolic disorder and correct the anemia, iron was administered intravenously.’
      • ‘Tony has provided Andrei with spectacles to correct the cast he has in one eye and thinks he will be able to improve the sight in the other eye as well.’
      • ‘We have surgical procedures and spectacles to correct impaired vision.’
      • ‘Once corrected, iron stores can be maintained with an iron-rich diet.’
      • ‘This is not to disregard the importance of treating the etiology of CHF by improving coronary circulation or correcting valvular abnormalities.’
      • ‘The first use of spectacles for correcting long-sightedness has been traced to Italy, towards the end of the 13th century.’
      • ‘Hypermetropia, or long-sightedness, is corrected by spectacles with convex lenses that make the eyes appear larger, as shown in the photograph.’
      • ‘I've done this operation before to correct the same sort of irregularity in the heart.’
      • ‘Other individual birth defects - such as eye or heart defects - sometimes can be corrected or at least improved with early surgery.’
      counteract, offset, counterbalance, compensate for, make up for, neutralize
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    4. 1.4Adjust (an instrument) to function accurately or accord with a standard.
      ‘motorists can have their headlights tested and corrected at a reduced price on Saturday’
      • ‘Each day, the Observatory took stellar readings to correct the Standard Clock.’
      • ‘When necessary, the instrument location was corrected by matching the observed and computed primary and first multiple water-wave arrivals.’
      • ‘When instruments or reagents were the cause of the problems, we corrected the function of the instruments or reagents and reanalyzed the specimens.’
      • ‘In 1881 Tait published an important paper on the topic in which he showed how to correct the temperature readings because of the high pressures on the thermometers.’
      • ‘We corrected our instruments and completed the rest of the transition with that question in the back of our craniums.’
      adjust, regulate, fix, set, set right, set to rights, standardize, normalize, calibrate, fine-tune, make good, put in working order, overhaul
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    5. 1.5Adjust (a numerical result or reading) to allow for departure from standard conditions.
      ‘data were corrected for radionuclide decay’
      • ‘Erythrocyte folate results were corrected for the subjects' hematocrits and serum folate concentrations.’
      • ‘Overdispersion in the data was corrected by testing the fit of the model using the F statistic rather than chi square.’
      • ‘The results were corrected for both VA and hemoglobin.’
      • ‘Results were corrected for this recovery percentage.’
      • ‘We observed that correcting for multiple tests has a strong impact on the signal of the single-point analysis.’
      • ‘Equality of variances was checked by Bartlett's test, and corrected where required by taking square roots of the raw data.’
      • ‘Summing across loci we observe significantly more synonymous substitutions along the D. melanogaster lineage even after correcting for multiple tests.’
      • ‘Hence, we present the values along with our primary results, which are corrected for spatial autocorrelation.’
      • ‘If some or all of the samples come from the same deme, the PRF results must be corrected for the effect of drift and migration within demes.’
      • ‘All other contrasts were performed as Tukey-Kramer tests, which correct for multiple comparisons.’
      • ‘Readings were corrected for area of the illuminated spot and the wavelength sensitivity of the meter.’
      • ‘The resulting probabilities were then multiplied by 3 to correct for multiple tests.’
      • ‘This pressure reading was corrected for the pressure drop caused by the latter sampling.’
      • ‘Since the two monolayers were free to move relative to each other, the obtained mean square displacements were corrected by the center of mass motion of the respective monolayers.’
      • ‘However, after correcting for multiple tests, none of these correlations were significant.’
      • ‘It should be noted that these data are corrected for the temperature dependence of the water saturation deficit and thus describe the temperature effect on cuticular transport properties exclusively.’
      • ‘However, we note that neither test retains significance after correcting for multiple comparisons over genes.’
      • ‘Data were also added from a New South Wales specimen and the result was corrected for logarithmic transformation bias.’
      • ‘Of course, if we correct for quality improvements and treat replacement sales as new sales, the picture looks quite different.’
      • ‘If the rate curve for a particular taxonomic group can be accurately estimated, it can be a useful tool for correcting divergence date estimates by taking the rate decay into account.’


Middle English (as a verb): from Latin correct- made straight, amended, from the verb corrigere, from cor- together + regere guide. The adjective is via French.