Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb correct pronunciation in British English /kəˈrekt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecorrecting
past tensecorrected
past participlecorrected
  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. 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 teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog