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Etymology 1Edit

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).


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


correct (comparative more correct, superlative most correct)

  1. Free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.
  2. With good manners; well behaved; conforming with accepted standards of behaviour.
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Etymology 2Edit

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


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

  1. (transitive) To make something that was not valid become right. To remove error.
    • 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.
    He corrected the position of the book on the mantle.
  2. (by extension, transitive) To grade (examination papers).
  3. (transitive) To inform (someone) of the latter's error.
    It's rude to correct your parents.
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Borrowed from Latin correctus.


  • IPA(key): /kɔʁɛkt/
  • (Québec, informal) IPA(key): /kɔʁɛk/


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.
  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.

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