- The definition of correct is something true, right or proper.
An example of correct used as an adjective is the phrase "correct procedure," such as baking a cheese cake in a springform pan is the correct procedure.
- To correct is defined as to remove errors or to point out errors.
- An example of to correct is a piano teacher showing his student which keys are right in order to make the sound for which the teacher was hoping.
- An example of to correct is a third grade teacher marking the words that were not spelled right on a spelling test.
All the words on this test are correct.
- to make right; change from wrong to right; remove errors from
- to point out or mark the errors or faults of
- to make conform to a standard
- to scold or punish so as to cause to rectify faults
- to cure, remove, or counteract (a fault, disease, etc.)
Origin of correctMiddle English correcten ; from Classical Latin correctus, past participle of corrigere ; from com-, together + regere, to lead straight, rule: see reckon
- conforming or adhering to an established standard; proper: correct behavior
- conforming to fact or logic; true, accurate, right, or free from errors
- equal to the required or established amount, number, price, etc.
verbcor·rect·ed, cor·rect·ing, cor·rects
- a. To make or put right: correct a mistake; correct a misunderstanding.b. To remove the errors or mistakes from: corrected her previous testimony.c. To indicate or mark the errors in: correct an exam.
- a. To speak to or communicate with (someone) in order to point out a mistake or error.b. To scold or punish so as to improve or reform.
- To remedy or counteract (a defect, for example): The new glasses corrected his blurry vision.
- To adjust so as to meet a required standard or condition: correct the wheel alignment on a car.
- To make corrections.
- To make adjustments; compensate: correcting for the effects of air resistance.
- Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
- Conforming to standards; proper: correct behavior.
Origin of correctMiddle English correcten, from Latin corrigere, corrēct- : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
- cor·rect′a·ble, cor·rect′i·ble
(comparative more correct, superlative most correct)
(third-person singular simple present corrects, present participle correcting, simple past and past participle corrected)