Meaning of “accurate” in the English Dictionary

"accurate" in British English

See all translations


uk /ˈæk.jə.rət/ us /ˈæk.jɚ.ət/

B1 correct, exact, and without any mistakes:

an accurate machine
an accurate description
The figures they have used are just not accurate.
Her novel is an accurate reflection of life in Spain.
We hope to become more accurate in predicting earthquakes.

More examples

  • We'll need accurate costings before we can agree to fund the scheme.
  • The number is accurate to three decimal places.
  • The film makes no attempt to be historically accurate.
  • Her predictions turned out to be uncannily accurate.
  • I hereby certify that the above information is true and accurate.
adverb uk /ˈæk.jə.rə us /ˈæk.jɚ.ə


  • For the experiment to be valid, it is essential to record the data accurately.
  • Great precision is required to align the mirrors accurately.
  • It's still not possible to accurately predict the occurrence of earthquakes.
  • There is a trade-off between doing the job accurately and doing it quickly.
  • It was my brief to make sure that the facts were set down accurately.


The plans should be drawn as accurately as possible.

(Definition of “accurate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accurate" in American English

See all translations


us /ˈæk·jər·ət/

accurate adjective (CORRECT)

correct and without any mistakes

accurate adjective (EXACT)

adverb us /ˈæk·jər·ət·li/

(Definition of “accurate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"accurate" in Business English

See all translations


uk /ˈækjərət/ us

correct and without any mistakes:

accurate data/details/information Internet communication instantly provides timely and accurate data for evaluating investment opportunities.
The aim at all times is to have an accurate estimate of the final cost.

(Definition of “accurate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)