cor|rect1 W2S1 [kəˈrekt] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of corrigere, from com- ( COM-) + regere 'to lead straight']
1.) having no mistakes
= ↑right
≠ ↑incorrect
If my calculations are correct, we're about 10 miles from Exeter.
Score one point for each correct answer .
You are absolutely correct, the Missouri is the longest river in the US.
factually/grammatically/anatomically etc correct
The sentence is grammatically correct, but doesn't sound natural.
2.) suitable and right for a particular situation
What's the correct procedure in cases like this?
When lifting heavy weights, it is very important that your back is in the correct position.
3.) correct behaviour is formal and polite
It was not considered correct for young ladies to go out on their own.
>correctly adv
If I remember correctly, he's Spanish.
We must make sure that things are done correctly.
>correctness n [U]
correct 2
correct2 S3 v [T]
1.) to make something right or to make it work the way it should
Some eyesight problems are relatively easy to correct.
You have the right to see a copy of your file, and to correct any mistakes you may find.
2.) to show someone that something is wrong, and make it right
Correct my pronunciation if it's wrong.
'She's in Ireland now.' 'She was,' Farrell corrected him.
correct yourself
'I,' Lady Deverill corrected herself, 'we are very happy here.'
3.) if a teacher corrects a student's written work, he or she writes marks on it to show the mistakes in it
4.) correct me if I'm wrong
spoken used when you are not sure that what you are going to say is true or not
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you say you'd never met him before?
5.) I stand corrected
formal spoken used to admit that something you have said is wrong after someone has told you it is wrong

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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