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Webster 1913 Edition


Correct

Cor-rect′

(kôr-rĕkt′)
,
Adj.
[L.
correctus
, p. p. of
corrigere
to make straight, to correct;
cor-
+
regere
to lead straight: cf. F.
correct
. See
Regular
,
Right
, and cf.
Escort
.]
Set right, or made straight; hence, conformable to truth, rectitude, or propriety, or to a just standard; not faulty or imperfect; free from error;
as,
correct
behavior;
correct
views
.
Syn. – Accurate; right, exact; precise; regular; faultless. See
Accurate
.

Cor-rect′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Corrected
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Correcting
.]
1.
To make right; to bring to the standard of truth, justice, or propriety; to rectify;
as, to
correct
manners or principles
.
This is a defect in the first make of some men’s minds which can scarce ever be
corrected
afterwards.
T. Burnet.
2.
To remove or retrench the faults or errors of; to amend; to set right;
as, to
correct
the proof (that is, to mark upon the margin the changes to be made, or to make in the type the changes so marked)
.
3.
To bring back, or attempt to bring back, to propriety in morals; to reprove or punish for faults or deviations from moral rectitude; to chastise; to discipline;
as, a child should be
corrected
for lying
.
My accuser is my 'prentice; and when I did
correct
him for his fault the other day, he did vow upon his knees he would be even with me.
Shakespeare
Syn. – To amend; rectify; emend; reform; improve; chastise; punish; discipline; chasten. See
Amend
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Correct

CORRECT

,
Adj.
[L., to set right; right, straight. See Right.] Literally, set right, or made straight. Hence, right; conformable to truth, rectitude or propriety, or conformable to a just standard; not faulty; free from error. A correct edition of a book is exactly according to the original copy. Correct manners correspond with the rules of morality and received notions of decorum. Correct principles coincide with the truth. Correct language is agreeable to established usage.

CORRECT

,
Verb.
T.
[L. See Right.]
1.
To make right; to rectify; to bring to the standard of truth, justice, or propriety; as, to correct manners or principles. Hence,
2.
To amend; to remove or retrench faults or errors; to set right; as, to correct a book; to correct a copy for the press; or in printing, to correct the press, or errors of the press.
3.
To bring back or attempt to bring back to propriety in morals; to punish for faults or deviations from moral rectitude; to chastise; to discipline; as, a child should be corrected for lying.
Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest. Proverbs 29.
4.
To obviate or remove whatever is wrong or inconvenient; to reduce or change the qualities of any thing by mixture, or other application; to counteract whatever is injurious; as, to correct the acidity of the stomach by alkaline preparations; to correct the relaxing quality of water by boiling it with animal substances.

Definition 2022


correct

correct

English

Adjective

correct (comparative more correct, superlative most correct)

  1. Free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.
  2. With good manners; well behaved; conforming with accepted standards of behaviour.

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Verb

correct (third-person singular simple present corrects, present participle correcting, simple past and past participle corrected)

  1. (transitive) To make something that was not valid become right. To remove error.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, 27:
      Her millions of adoring fans had yet to hear her speak, and when she finally did, she sounded more like a sailor than a starlet, spewing a profanity-laced, G-dropping Brooklynese that no amount of dialect coaching could correct.
    He corrected the position of the book on the mantle.
  2. (by extension, transitive) To grade (examination papers).
  3. (transitive) To inform (someone) of the latter's error.
    It's rude to correct your parents.

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  • See also Wikisaurus:repair

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Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

correct (comparative correcter, superlative correctst)

  1. correct

Inflection

Inflection of correct
uninflected correct
inflected correcte
comparative correcter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial correct correcter het correctst
het correctste
indefinite m./f. sing. correcte correctere correctste
n. sing. correct correcter correctste
plural correcte correctere correctste
definite correcte correctere correctste
partitive corrects correcters

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French

Etymology

From Latin correctus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kɔʁɛkt/
  • (Québec) IPA(key): /kɔʁɛk/

Adjective

correct m (feminine singular correcte, masculine plural corrects, feminine plural correctes)

  1. correct, right
    Votre réponse est correcte. ― Your answer is correct.
  2. (colloquial) passable, okay
    Le restaurant auquel nous sommes allés était correct, sans plus.
    The restaurant we went to was okay, but nothing more.
  3. (Quebec, colloquial) OK, fine, alright
    Chuis tellement désolé ! T'es correct ? ― I'm so sorry! You OK?
    Ouais, c'est correct. ― Yeah, it's fine.

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