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verb correct pronunciation in American English /kəˈrekt/
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present tense
present participlecorrecting
past tensecorrected
past participlecorrected
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to show that something is wrong, and make it right
    I want to correct this false impression that people have of me.
    1. a.
      to tell someone that what they have said is not right or true
      I started to correct him, then realized there was no point.
      correct yourself: “I’m seventeen. No,” she corrected herself. “I’m eighteen now.”
  2. 2
    [transitive] to deal with a technical or medical problem, in order to make something work in the way that it should
    She had surgery to correct a defect in her left eye.
    We need to correct the imbalance in men and women’s pay.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to look at a piece of writing and make marks showing where the mistakes are
    She sat correcting the students’ homework.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to change calculations or measurements so that they become more accurate
    correct for: To give an accurate figure, you will need to correct for inflation.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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