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This page has 11 definitions of correct in English, Dutch, Flemish, and French. Correct is an adjective, interjection and verb. Examples of how to use correct in a sentence are shown. Also define these 16 related words and terms: error, manners, well behaved, OK, grade, examination, papers, inform, discipline, punish, correct, right, passable, okay, fine, and alright.

English correct definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kəˈɹɛkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkt
  • Hyphenation: cor‧rect

Etymology 1

Borrowed from French correct, from Latin correctus (improved, amended, correct), past participle of corrigere, conrigere (to make straight, make right, make better, improve, correct), from com- (together) + regere (to make straight, rule).

Adjective

correct (comparative more correct, superlative most correct)

  1. Free from error; true; accurate.
    Your test was completely correct, you get 10 out of 10
    We all agreed they'd made the correct decision.
  2. With good manners; well behaved; conforming with accepted standards of behaviour.
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Interjection

correct

  1. (India) Used to indicate acknowledgement or acceptance.
    Synonym: OK

Etymology 2

From Middle English correcten, borrowed from Anglo-Norman correcter, from Latin correctus.

Verb

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

  1. (transitive) To make something that was wrong become right; to remove error from.
    You'll need to correct your posture if you're going to be a professional dancer.
    • 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.
    The navigator corrected the course of the ship.
  2. (by extension, transitive) To grade (examination papers).
    The teacher stayed up all night correcting exams.
  3. (transitive) To inform (someone) of their error.
    It's rude to correct your parents.
  4. (transitive) To discipline; to punish.
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Dutch correct definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Middle French correct, from Latin corrēctus.

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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 correct definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin correctus.

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Adjective

correct (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.
    • Okay definition
      Alternative spelling of OK
  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.
    • Fine definition
      Senses referring to subjective quality.
      1. Of superior quality. (1 of 17 fine definitions)

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