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1‘the answer he gave was perfectly correct’
right, accurate, true, veracious, exact, precise, unerring, faithful, strict, faultless, flawless, errorless, error-free, perfect, word-perfect, scrupulous, meticulous
on the right track, along the right lines
informal OK, on the mark, on the beam, on the nail, on the button
British informal spot on, bang on
North American informal on the money
2‘she wondered whether it was the correct thing to say’
proper, seemly, decorous, decent, respectable, right, suitable, fit, fitting, befitting, appropriate, apt
conventional, approved, accepted, standard, usual, customary, traditional, orthodox
comme il faut
1‘proofread your work and correct any mistakes you find’
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
sort out, clear up, deal with
informal patch up, clean up, iron out
2‘all homework should be corrected by your teacher’
indicate errors in, show mistakes in, point out faults in
mark, assess, evaluate, appraise
3‘it is important that a vitamin deficiency is corrected by good diet’
counteract, offset, counterbalance, compensate for, make up for, neutralize
4‘motorists can have their headlights corrected at a reduced price’
adjust, regulate, fix, set, set right, set to rights, standardize, normalize, calibrate, fine-tune, make good, put in working order, overhaul
informal jigger, tweak, twiddle, patch up, see to
5‘‘Courtesy if you please,’ he corrected her’
scold, rebuke, chide, reprimand, reprove, admonish, lecture, berate, chastise, castigate
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