American English

Definition of correct verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they correct
    he / she / it corrects
    past simple corrected
    -ing form correcting
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  1. 1correct something to make something right or accurate, for example by changing it or removing mistakes Read through your work and correct any mistakes that you find. Their eyesight can be corrected in just a few minutes by the use of a laser. They issued a statement correcting the one they had made earlier.
  2. 2correct something (of a teacher) to mark the mistakes in a piece of work (and sometimes give a grade to the work) I spent all evening correcting essays.
  3. 3to tell someone that they have made a mistake correct somebody Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this last year's brochure? Yes, you're right—I stand corrected (= I accept that I made a mistake). correct (somebody) + speech “It's Yates, not Wates,” she corrected him.
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