correct Definition

  • 1free from error; in accordance with fact or truth
  • 2in conformity with accepted standards or rules
  • 3make (something) right; rectify

Using correct: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "correct" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The correct answer is 42.

  • Example

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • Example

    It's important to use correct grammar.

  • Example

    I need to correct my mistake.

correct Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for correct

Antonyms for correct

Phrases with correct

  • conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated


    He always tries to be politically correct when discussing sensitive issues.

  • stand corrected

    admit that one was mistaken about something


    I thought the movie came out last year, but I stand corrected.

  • used to ask someone to point out any mistakes in what one has said


    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't we agree to meet at 3 pm?

Origins of correct

from Latin 'correctus', past participle of 'corrigere', meaning 'to make straight, set right'


Summary: correct in Brief

The term 'correct' [kəˈrekt] refers to being free from error or conforming to accepted standards. It can be used as an adjective or a verb, as in 'Please correct me if I'm wrong.' 'Correct' extends into phrases like 'politically correct,' denoting sensitivity to language and practices, and 'correct me if I'm wrong,' asking for feedback. Synonyms include 'accurate' and 'true,' while antonyms include 'incorrect' and 'wrong.'

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