cor|rect1 [ kə`rekt ] adjective ***
1. ) right according to the facts, with no mistakes:
The first person to give the correct answer wins the contest.
Make sure you use the correct address.
a ) right according to your opinion or judgment of a situation:
If my calculations are correct, we should arrive in exactly 17 minutes.
a correct diagnosis
b ) right according to the established rules or ways of doing something:
a grammatically correct sentence
─ opposite INCORRECT
2. ) not usually before noun behaving in a way that is considered socially right or polite:
My father was always very formal and correct.
╾ cor|rect|ly adverb:
She guessed my age correctly.
They refused, quite correctly, to give us this information.
cor|rect 2 [ kə`rekt ] verb **
1. ) transitive to show that something is wrong, and make it right:
I want to correct this false impression that people have of me.
a ) to look at a piece of writing and make marks showing where the mistakes are:
She sat correcting the students' homework.
2. ) transitive to deal with a technical or medical problem, in order to make something work in the way that it should:
She had surgery to correct a defect in her left eye.
We need to correct the imbalance in men and women's pay.
3. ) transitive to tell someone that what they have said is not right, true, or suitable:
I started to correct him, then realized there was no point.
correct yourself: I'm seventeen. No, she corrected herself. I'm eighteen now.
4. ) intransitive correct for TECHNICAL to change calculations or measurements so that they become more accurate:
To give an accurate figure, you will need to correct for inflation.
correct me if I'm wrong SPOKEN
used when you are fairly sure that you are right, especially as a way of politely disagreeing with someone:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but haven't we already discussed that?
I stand corrected SPOKEN FORMAL
used when someone has told you that you are wrong, to show that you accept this

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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