cor·rect / kəˈrekt/ • adj. free from error; in accordance with fact or truth. ∎ not mistaken in one's opinion or judgment; right. ∎ (of a thing or course of action) meeting the requirements of or most appropriate for a particular situation or activity. ∎ (of a person or their appearance or behavior) conforming to accepted social standards; proper. ∎ conforming to a particular political or ideological orthodoxy.See also politically correct. • v. [tr.] put right (an error or fault). ∎ mark the errors in (a written or printed text). ∎ tell (someone) that they are mistaken: he had assumed she was married and she had not corrected him. ∎ counteract or rectify: the problem of diminished sight can be reduced or corrected by wearing eyeglasses. ∎ adjust (an instrument) to function accurately or in accord with a standard. ∎ adjust (a numerical result or reading) to allow for departure from standard conditions: data were corrected for radionuclide decay. DERIVATIVES: cor·rect·a·ble adj. cor·rect·ly adv. cor·rect·ness n.
1. In accordance with a STANDARD, especially of artistic, literary, or linguistic style (and often synonymous with proper): correct usage
2. Of persons, adhering to an acknowledged standard of behaviour, speech, writing, etc.: ‘The best and correctest authours’ (Johnson, 1736, quoted in Boswell's Life)
3. To set right, amend, mark or point out errors in (a text, essay, etc.); to rebuke, punish for faults of character or performance; to counteract and bring into line: ‘I praye maister Iohn Skelton … poet laureate in the vnyuersite of oxenforde, to ouersee and correcte this sayd booke’ ( Caxton, Eneydos, 1490). See EDUCATION, ORTHOEPY, ORTHOGRAPHY, POLITICALLY CORRECT.