Definition of correctly in English:

correctly

adverb

  • 1In a way that is true, factual or appropriate; accurately.

    ‘she correctly answered eight questions’
    • ‘The word "American" isn't even spelled correctly.’
    • ‘In the end, I picked a respectable 7 out of 10 correctly.’
    • ‘Then he must be certain they are positioned correctly on the field.’
    • ‘For an example of how to do this type of thing correctly, look at the original.’
    • ‘I can never spell that word correctly.’
    • ‘The economy of a region was either prosperous or deficient depending on their being correctly orientated.’
    • ‘He was then asked ten general knowledge questions and, in order to go through to the next stage, he had to correctly answer seven out of the ten questions.’
    • ‘The icons for the two fielded Navy systems were correctly matched to descriptors approximately half the time.’
    • ‘Thus, most of the respondents in the two samples answered correctly, but the Germans answered significantly more correctly.’
    • ‘However, the figures do have to be interpreted correctly.’
    • ‘When I got through to the last round I had to answer five questions correctly to win the new car.’
    • ‘A nurse teaches Charlie the correct spelling of "progress report," and he makes an effort to spell it correctly through the rest of his entry.’
    • ‘I believe the board is handling the matter correctly.’
    • ‘The main issue confronting the Court was whether the Commission correctly dismissed the complaint.’
    • ‘She never stopped moving, which William correctly attributed to the need to keep her muscles warm.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeals, however, decided the case correctly.’
    • ‘Science questions often consist of interpreting a graph or a chart correctly rather than knowing anything about chemical properties or physical laws.’
    • ‘XML is a markup language and everything has to be marked up correctly.’
    • ‘Most of them actually quoted me — correctly, too.’
    • ‘Participants with inadequate health literacy were less likely to correctly answer every question, with significant differences noted for 5 of 10 items.’
    accurately, right, rightly, faithfully, unerringly, precisely, exactly, faultlessly, flawlessly, perfectly, without error, without flaws
    properly, decorously, with decorum, decently, suitably, fittingly, appropriately, aptly
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    1. 1.1 In a way that is socially acceptable; properly.
      ‘she had acted correctly’
      • ‘Yes, you did read that correctly.’
      • ‘You still have to implement and configure these correctly or they are just another bottleneck.’
      • ‘The Association of Muslim Scholars, for it did not present the case correctly.’
      • ‘Also a lot of these tests take lots and lots of practice to be interpreted correctly.’
      • ‘I hesitated a moment - reassured myself I'd understood correctly - and dived in.’
      • ‘He is not correctly portraying the situation.’
      • ‘she asked, wanting to make sure she had understood his implication correctly.’
      • ‘In carrying out its management audits, the Cour also verifies that public funds have been correctly applied.’
      • ‘As the season progresses, ask swimmers in your novice group to demonstrate skills they are doing correctly.’
      • ‘Well, you know, the fact is that Harriet Miers - Bay was reading the situation correctly, I think.’
      • ‘Maybe nothing is wrong if the application behaves correctly and allows the user to be productive.’
      • ‘Asker has correctly observed that students at Lingnan are generally mystified by the demand that they complete some liberal arts courses.’
      • ‘If you are not running your wage tax administration correctly you run the risk of paying a heavy penalty.’
      • ‘When the spanking, brand-new Scottish Parliament building opened last week the occasion was correctly marked by quiet Scottish dignity.’
      • ‘It can be an asset not a hindrance if treated correctly.’
      • ‘But however, if one change so much, if you design the question correctly, you still can get the reaction.’
      • ‘An editorial in the issue of 12 April, 1924, correctly summed up the position.’
      • ‘The main weapon in their arsenal is insecticide - lethal to insects but safe for humans, when used correctly.’
      • ‘It just all didn't mesh together correctly.’
      • ‘I believe that says dude if I'm seeing that correctly.’
      properly, decorously, with decorum, decently, suitably, fittingly, appropriately, aptly
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Pronunciation

correctly

/kəˈrɛk(t)li/