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

      

    correct

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//kəˈrekt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrekt//
     
     
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  1. 1  accurate or true, without any mistakes synonym right Do you have the correct time? the correct answer Please check that these details are correct. ‘Are you in charge here?’ ‘That's correct.’ Am I correct in saying that you know a lot about wine? opposite incorrect Synonymstrueright correct These words all describe something that cannot be doubted as fact and includes no mistakes.true connected with facts rather than things that have been invented or guessed:Are the following statements true or false? Is it true (that) she’s leaving?right that is true and cannot be doubted as a fact:I got about half the answers right. What’s the right time?correct right according to the facts and without any mistakes:Only one of the answers is correct. Check that all the details are correct.right or correct? Correct is more formal than right and is more likely to be used in official or formal instructions or documents.Patterns right/​correct about somebody/​something the true/​right/​correct answer the right/​correct time
  2. 2  right and suitable, so that something is done as it should be done Do you know the correct way to shut the machine down? I think you've made the correct decision. SynonymsrightcorrectBoth these words describe a belief, opinion, decision or method that is suitable or the best one for a particular situation.right if somebody is right to do or think something, that is a good thing to do or think in that situation:You’re right to be cautious. You made the right decision. ‘It’s not easy.’ ‘Yes, you’re right.’correct (of a method, belief, opinion or decision) right and suitable in a particular situation:What’s the correct way to shut the machine down? I don’t think she’s correct to say he’s incompetent.right or correct? Correct is more formal than right. It is more often used for methods and right is more often used for beliefs, opinions and decisions.Patterns right/​correct about somebody/​something right/​correct to do something right/​correct in thinking/​believing/​saying something the right/​correct decision/​judgement/​conclusion the right/​correct way/​method/​approach absolutely/​quite right/​correct
  3. 3taking care to speak or behave in a way that follows the accepted standards or rules a correct young lady He is always very correct in his speech. opposite incorrect
  4. see also politically correct
    Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Latin correct- ‘made straight, amended’, from the verb corrigere, from cor- ‘together’ + regere ‘guide’. The adjective is via French.Extra examples He was an interesting speaker, if not always politically correct in his views. His estimate has turned out to be more or less correct. His first idea proved correct. I think I am correct in saying that this project is the first of its kind in this country. None of the explanations offered is demonstrably correct—or demonstrably incorrect. The diagram is correct in every detail. The flower drawings are all to scale and botanically correct. The sentence is grammatically correct, but not very idiomatic. What you say is perfectly correct, but it gives the wrong impression. ‘Are you in charge here?’ ‘That’s correct.’ Am I correct in thinking that you know a lot about wine? Check that all the details are correct. I don’t think she’s correct to say he’s incompetent. Only one of the answers is correct. They say that he was against women getting the vote, but that’s not entirely correct. What’s the correct way to shut the machine down?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: correct