- 1 correct 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 correct something (of a teacher) to mark the mistakes in a piece of work (and sometimes give a mark/grade to the work) I spent all evening correcting essays.
- 3to tell somebody 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. Express YourselfCorrecting yourselfWhen you say something that was not quite what you intended, you can correct yourself in various ways: I'll be there at five fifteen, I mean five fifty—ten to six. It'll be Tuesday—sorry, I meant to say Thursday. Sorry, what I mean is, we need two handouts per person. We can meet in the conference centre—or rather in front of the centre. The painter—or should I say, the sculptor—was born in Padua. It's one t and double s—no, sorry, one s and double t. It's on the fifth floor—no, actually, it's the fourth. Can I get two lattes and an espresso—no, scratch that, three lattes. (North American English, informal) Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Latin correct-
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BrE BrE//kəˈrekt//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrekt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they correct
BrE BrE//kəˈrekt//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrekt//he / she / it corrects
BrE BrE//kəˈrekts//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrekts//past simple corrected
BrE BrE//kəˈrektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrektɪd//past participle corrected
BrE BrE//kəˈrektɪd//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrektɪd//-ing form correcting
BrE BrE//kəˈrektɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrektɪŋ//