Cor*rect", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Corrected; p. pr. & vb. n.
Correcting.] 1. To make right; to
bring to the standard of truth, justice, or propriety; to
rectify; as, to correct manners or principles.
This is a defect in the first make of some men's
minds which can scarce ever be corrected afterwards.
2. To remove or retrench the faults or
errors of; to amend; to set right; as, to correct the
proof (that is, to mark upon the margin the changes to be made,
or to make in the type the changes so marked).
3. 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; as,
a child should be corrected for lying.
My accuser is my 'prentice; and when I did
correct him for his fault the other day, he did vow upon
his knees he would be even with me.
4. To counteract the qualities of one
thing by those of another; -- said of whatever is wrong or
injurious; as, to correct the acidity of the stomach by
Syn. -- To amend; rectify; emend; reform; improve;
chastise; punish; discipline; chasten. See Amend.
a. [L. correctus, p. p. of
corrigere to make straight, to correct; cor- +
regere to lead straight: cf. F. correct. See
Regular, Right, and cf. Escort.] Set
right, or made straight; hence, conformable to truth, rectitude,
or propriety, or to a just standard; not faulty or imperfect;
free from error; as, correct behavior; correct
Always use the most correct editions.
Syn. -- Accurate; right, exact; precise; regular;
faultless. See Accurate.