From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcorrectcor‧rect1 /kəˈrekt/ ●●●S1W2 adjective1CORRECThaving no mistakesSYN rightOPP incorrectIf my calculations are correct, we’re about ten miles from Exeter.Score one point for each correct answer.You are absolutely correct, the Missouri is the longest river in the US.factually/grammatically/anatomically etc correctThe sentence is grammatically correct, but doesn’t sound natural.► see thesaurus at rightRegisterIn everyday English, people usually say right rather than correct:Are you sure you’ve got the right address?2RIGHT/PROPERsuitable and right for a particular situationWhat’s the correct procedure in cases like this?The correct way to lift heavy weights is to make sure that your back is straight.3POLITEcorrectbehaviour is formal and politeSYN properIt was not considered correct for young ladies to go out on their own. —correctly adverbIf I remember correctly, he’s Spanish.We must make sure that things are done correctly. —correctness noun [uncountable]COLLOCATIONSnounsa correct answerLucy got fourteen out of twenty correct answers.a correct entry (=correct answer in a competition)The first five correct entries will win £50.correct informationI’m not sure that I’ve been given the correct information.correct spelling (=the correct way of writing words)Copying does not teach correct spelling.correct pronunciation (=the correct way of saying words)The dictionary will help you learn the correct pronunciation.adverbsabsolutely/perfectly/entirely correct (=completely correct)What he said was perfectly correct.not strictly correct (=not correct according to some standards)The grammar in this sentence is not strictly correct.grammatically correct (=written or spoken with correct grammar)Simple sentences are more likely to be grammatically correct than long complex ones.factually correct (=having all the correct facts)Articles in the newspaper are not always factually correct.broadly/essentially correct (=correct in most ways, but possibly not all)All the evidence suggests that the results of his research are essentially correct.verbsprove correct (=be shown to be true)Fortunately, my memory proved correct.
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correct• We are convinced our decision was correct.• Now this practice is prone to appearing always and automatically correct.• That again proved to be correct.• This information is no longer correct.• One must be correct about these things, mustn't one?• The chart then guides you through the procedure for finding the correctaddress.• Andrew's marriageproposal was very correct and proper.• Score one point for each correctanswer.• The first ten correct answers will win a prize.• Owner Jim presentedflashcards, writes Steiner, and Sunny came up with correct answers.• This is undoubtedly correct but in our judgment it does not assist us in what we have to decide.• Use the correctcontroller for the tubelength.• After all, the key to the proper use of statisticalanalysis is the correctidentification of levels of measurement.• an architecturally correctmodel of the building• When arranged in the correct order, the letters will spell a word which you fill in on this grid.• The correct results are on page 482.• The correctsequence of numbers must be entered to open the lock.• This was all important to enable me to get the correctshape of the legs and the lengths of the rails.• When the heat is at the correcttemperature, food cooks more evenly.• If predictions are correct, the sea level may increase more than four inches.• What is the correct way to address a weddinginvitation?factually/grammatically/anatomically etc correct• He was very keen on the SDP/LiberalAlliance and wanted to get everything factually correct.• We may conclude, for example, that 90 percent. of convictions were factually correct.• Is the documentfactually correct and full?• Knowledge of how word meaningscombine at the sentence level can rule out grammatically correct, but semantically implausible sentences.• There are times when making languagefunction effectively is more important than producing perfectly pronounced, grammatically correct sentences.• It is worth remembering that simple sentences are more likely to be grammatically correct than long, involved ones. 4.• It remainsfactually correct that you can buy a coffindirect from the undertakers.correctcorrect2 ●●○S3 verb [transitive]1IMPROVE BY CHANGINGCUREREPAIRto make something right or to make it work the way it shouldSome eyesight problems are relatively easy to correct.You have the right to see a copy of your file, and to correct any mistakes you may find.RegisterIn everyday British English, people usually say put something right rather than correct something:The problem should be fairly easy to put right.2SHOW something IS WRONGCORRECTto show someone that something is wrong, and make it rightCorrect my pronunciation if it’s wrong.‘She’s in Ireland now.’ ‘She was, ’ Farrell corrected him.correct yourself‘I, ’ Lady Deverill corrected herself, ‘we are very happy here.’3EXAMS/ESSAYS ETCRESULT/GRADEif a teacher corrects a student’s written work, he or she writes marks on it to show the mistakes in it4 →correct me if I’m wrong5 →I stand corrected→ See Verb table
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correct• They were just correcting a historicalanomaly: the South's post-Civil Waraversion to the RepublicanParty.• It will take us some time to correct all the mistakes.• Many of these difficulties can be anticipated and corrected by testing the questionnaire in fieldconditionsprior to the full-scale study.• Speechtherapy helped correct her lisp.• She spent all night correcting her students' mathtests.• Twenty minuteswasted, he thought, then corrected himself.• Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't we met before?• He was in the habit of correctingminorerrors of grammar or usage.• Is there any way of politely correcting someone's grammar?• Teachers spend many hours correcting students' assignments.• The problem was caused by faultysoftware and was corrected Sunday.• If one trespassesbeyond the limits, he quietly corrects the fault in a plea, never a paroxysm.• The figure was given as $500; it was later corrected to $1000.correct yourself• In time, these things tend to correct themselves.• Or her mouthshut, Trent corrected himself.• Twenty minutes wasted, he thought, then corrected himself.• He remembered the last time he had seen his father - Dermot Corcoran, he corrected himself - alive.• Well, not exactly no one, she corrected herself, for she knew Tina would not be embarrassed or afraid.• No, I correct myself: for the wrong reason.• No, that wasn't quite true, she corrected herself, frowning.• No, he corrected himself: that was to put it the wrong way round.Origincorrect1(1300-1400)Latin past participle of corrigere, from com- ( → COM-) + regere“to lead straight”