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correct (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to make or set right - amend correct an error
b) - counteract neutralize correct a harmful tendency
c) to alter or adjust so as to bring to some standard or required condition - correct a lens for spherical aberration
2.
a) to punish (as a child) with a view to reforming or improving
b) to point out usually for amendment the errors or faults of - spent the day correcting tests
correct (adjective)
1.
conforming to an approved or conventional standard - correct behavior
2.
conforming to or agreeing with fact, logic, or known truth - a correct response
3.
conforming to a set figure - enclosed the correct return postage
4.
conforming to the strict requirements of a specific ideology or set of beliefs or values - environmentally correct spiritually correct
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
correct (adjective)
1.
being in agreement with the truth or a fact or a standard
SYNONIMS:
accurate, bang on, dead-on, exact, good, on-target, precise, proper, right, so, spot-on, true, veracious
RELATED WORDS:
legitimate, logical, sound, valid; errorless, faultless, flawless, impeccable, inerrant, infallible, letter-perfect, perfect; rigorous, strict, stringent
on target, on the money
NEAR ANTONYMS:
defective, faulty, flawed, imperfect
false, improper, inaccurate, incorrect, inexact, off, untrue, wrong
correct (adjective)
2.
following the established traditions of refined society and good taste
SYNONIMS:
befitting, correct, decent, decorous, de rigueur, genteel, nice, polite, respectable, seemly
RELATED WORDS:
acceptable, adequate, satisfactory, tolerable; dress, dressy, formal; dignified, elegant, gracious; priggish, prim, stiff, stuffy; apt, material, relevant; compatible, congenial, harmonious; allowed, authorized, kosher, permitted
NEAR ANTONYMS:
intolerable, unacceptable, unsatisfactory; casual, grungy, informal; seedy, shabby, tacky; banned, barred, disallowed; forbidden, interdicted, outlawed, prohibited, proscribed; awkward, gauche, ungraceful
improper, inappropriate, incorrect, indecent, indecorous, indelicate, unbecoming, ungenteel, unseemly
correct (adjective)
3.
marked by or showing careful attention to set forms and details
SYNONIMS:
correct, decorous, formal, nice, proper, punctilious, starchy, stiff, stiff-necked, stilted
RELATED WORDS:
sober, solemn, stately; chivalrous, courtly, gallant; genteel, polished, refined; civil, courteous, polite, red-carpet
NEAR ANTONYMS:
improper, indecorous, unmannerly; discourteous, impolite, rude
casual, easygoing, informal, laid-back, unceremonious
correct (verb)
1.
to remove errors, defects, deficiencies, or deviations from
SYNONIMS:
amend, debug, emend, rectify, red-pencil, reform, remedy
RELATED WORDS:
redraft, redraw, restyle, revise, rework, rewrite; blue-pencil, cut, shorten; redress, right; ameliorate, better, improve; perfect, polish, touch up; fix, mend, repair; adjust, modulate, regulate; alter, change, modify
NEAR ANTONYMS:
damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, spoil; aggravate, worsen
correct (verb)
2.
to balance with an equal force so as to make ineffective
SYNONIMS:
annul, cancel (out), compensate (for), correct, counteract, counterbalance, counterpoise, make up (for), negative, neutralize
RELATED WORDS:
invalidate, negate, neuter, nullify; atone (for); outbalance, outweigh, redeem; redress, relieve, remedy; override, overrule
correct (verb)
3.
to inflict a penalty on for a fault or crime
SYNONIMS:
castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, discipline, penalize
RELATED WORDS:
assess, charge, dock, fine, impose, levy, mulct; convict, sentence; condemn, damn, denounce; criticize, keelhaul, rebuke, reprimand, reprove; wreak
NEAR ANTONYMS:
forfeit; get off, ransom, release; commute, reprieve; absolve, acquit, exculpate, exonerate, vindicate
excuse, pardon, spare
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