- verb to adjust in order to make right
Information & Library Science
- verb to mark mistakes so that they can be put right
- verb to make calculations and issue instructions in order to bring artillery or mortar fire onto a target
Origin & History of “correct”
Correct is etymologically related to rectitude and rightness. It comes from the past participle of Latin corrigere ‘make straight, put right’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix com- and regere ‘lead straight, rule’. this regere (source of English regent, régime, regiment, and region) goes back to an Indo-European base *reg- ‘move in a straight line’, which also produced English right, rectitude, regal, royal, and rule. In English the verb correct by a long time predates the adjective, which first appeared (via French) in the 17th century.