from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove the errors or mistakes from.
- transitive v. To indicate or mark the errors in.
- transitive v. To punish for the purpose of improving or reforming.
- transitive v. To remove, remedy, or counteract (a malfunction, for example).
- transitive v. To adjust so as to meet a required standard or condition: correct the wheel alignment on a car.
- intransitive v. To make corrections.
- intransitive v. To make adjustments; compensate: correcting for the effects of air resistance.
- adj. Free from error or fault; true or accurate.
- adj. Conforming to standards; proper: correct behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.
- adj. With good manners; well behaved; conforming with accepted standards of behaviour.
- v. To make something that was not valid become right. To remove error.
- v. To grade (examination papers).
- v. To inform (someone) of the latter's error.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Set right, or made straight; hence, conformable to truth, rectitude, or propriety, or to a just standard; not faulty or imperfect; free from error.
- transitive v. To make right; to bring to the standard of truth, justice, or propriety; to rectify.
- transitive v. To remove or retrench the faults or errors of; to amend; to set right.
- transitive v. To bring back, or attempt to bring back, to propriety in morals; to reprove or punish for faults or deviations from moral rectitude; to chastise; to discipline.
- transitive v. To counteract the qualities of one thing by those of another; -- said of whatever is wrong or injurious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make straight or right; remove error from; bring into accordance with a standard or original; point out errors in.
- Specifically— To note or mark errors or defects in, as a printer's proof, a book, a manuscript, etc., by marginal or interlinear writing.
- To make alterations in, as type set for printing, according to the marking on a proof taken from it; make the changes required by: as, to correct a page or a form; to correct a proof.
- To point out and remove, or endeavor to remove, an error or fault in: as, to correct an astronomical observation.
- To destroy or frustrate; remove or counteract the operation or effects of, especially of something that is undesirable or injurious; rectify: as, to correct abuses; to correct the acidity of the stomach by alkaline preparations.
- Specifically, in optics, to eliminate from (an eyepiece or object-glass) the spherical or chromatic aberration which tends to make the image respectively indistinct or discolored. See aberration, 4.
- To endeavor to cause moral amendment in; especially, punish for wrong-doing; discipline.
- Synonyms Improve, Better. See amend.
- In accordance or agreement with a certain standard, model, or original; conformable to truth, rectitude, or propriety; not faulty; free from error or misapprehension; accurate: as, the correct time.
- n. Correction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. socially right or correct
- adj. correct in opinion or judgment
- v. alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
- v. adjust for
- v. treat a defect
- adj. free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
- v. go down in value
- v. punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience
- v. make reparations or amends for
- v. censure severely
- adj. in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure
- v. make right or correct
Middle English correcten, from Latin corrigere, corrēct-, to correct : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + regere, to rule; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)