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correct

adjective uk   /kəˈrekt/ us  
A2 in agreement with the true facts or with what is generally accepted: a correct answer "Is that the correct spelling?" "I don't know - look it up in a dictionary." It's not correct to describe them as "students". formal "Your name is Angela Black?" "That is correct."
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B1 taking or showing great care to behave or speak in a way that is generally accepted and approved of: He's very correct in his dress/speech/manner, isn't he?
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correctly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B1 Have I pronounced your name correctly?
correctness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
He speaks with such correctness (= care) that it sometimes sounds very formal.

correct

verb [T] uk   /kəˈrekt/ us  
B2 to show or tell someone that something is wrong and to make it right: Students said it was helpful if the teacher corrected their pronunciation. I've got 30 exam papers to correct. If a medical treatment corrects a particular condition, it cures the condition or makes it easier to manage: glasses to correct poor vision a chair that corrects bad posturecorrect me if I'm wrong but... said as a polite and slightly formal way of disagreeing with someone: Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think we arranged the meeting for the 12 December.
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