Definition of accurate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈækjərət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈækjərət//
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  1. 1  correct and true in every detail an accurate description/account/calculation accurate information/data Accurate records must be kept. The police are trying to obtain a more accurate picture of crime levels.
  2. 2  able to give completely correct information or to do something in an exact way a highly accurate electronic compass accurate to within 3 mm My watch is not very accurate. Scientists have found a more accurate way of dating cave paintings.
  3. 3  an accurate throw, shot, weapon, etc. hits or reaches the thing that it was aimed at
  4. opposite inaccurate
    Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin accuratus ‘done with care’, past participle of accurare, from ad- ‘towards’ + cura ‘care’.Extra examples Although this book is historically accurate, it is not a history book. He gave a full and accurate account of his movements. Her assessment turned out to be remarkably accurate. His predictions proved accurate. Results are accurate to within 0.2 seconds. The figures he gave were not strictly accurate. Accurate records must be kept at all times. Can we be sure the figures are accurate? His description of the man was not very accurate. The novel wasn’t intended to be historically accurate. The test results are accurate in 99% of cases.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: accurate