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accurate

Syllabification: ac·cu·rate
Pronunciation: /ˈakyərət
 
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Definition of accurate in English:

adjective

1(Of information, measurements, statistics, etc.) correct in all details; exact: accurate information about the illness is essential an accurate assessment
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  • At best they distill public information into the most accurate predictions possible.
  • At the end of the day, it is precisely by providing accurate news and information that we earn and keep our credibility.
  • ‘From measurements on the map and accurate measurements on the ground there is something wrong in that area,’ he said.
1.1(Of an instrument or method) capable of giving accurate information: an accurate thermometer
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  • These techniques provide a more accurate method of assessing energy expenditure patterns.
  • An unborn baby's developing nose could provide doctors with a more accurate method of screening for Down's syndrome, a new study showed yesterday.
  • Today, we can reveal we have obtained a draft copy of that very test, a powerful and highly accurate method of assessing individuals for senior positions.
1.2Faithfully or fairly representing the truth about someone or something: the portrait is an accurate likeness of Mozart
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  • Principal Dr David Watkins said students did very well in the college's vocational courses and he criticised the league tables for not giving an accurate representation of their achievements.
  • Who on earth figured they could get an accurate representation of my social studies knowledge by handing me a vague question and giving me an hour and a half to come up with something brilliant?
  • I don't know if this is an accurate visual representation of Gaby, but I'm looking at the picture representing the father here.
2(With reference to a weapon, missile, or shot) capable of or successful in reaching the intended target: reliable, accurate rifles a player who can deliver long accurate passes
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  • Since then the US military has claimed its weapons are more accurate and its targets more carefully selected.
  • Stronskiy is an engineer at Izhmash, and known for creating superbly accurate target rifles.
  • Yes, we have powerful, accurate weapons; well-trained and humane soldiers; excellent leadership.
Synonyms
well aimed, on target, unerring, deadly, lethal, sure, true, on the mark

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin accuratus 'done with care', past participle of accurare, from ad- 'toward' + cura 'care'.

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  • curate from (Middle English):

    The word curate, ‘an assistant to a parish priest’, comes from medieval Latin curatus, from Latin cura ‘care’ (because the parishioners are in his care), the source of a number of words including cure (Middle English), curator (Late Middle English), accurate (late 16th century) ‘done with care’, and secure (Late Middle English) ‘free from care’. You can describe something that is partly good and partly bad as a curate's egg. This is one of those rare expressions whose origin can be precisely identified. A cartoon in an 1895 edition of the magazine Punch features a meek curate at the breakfast table with his bishop. The caption reads: ‘BISHOP: “I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones.” CURATE: “Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellent!” ’ Only ten years later the phrase had become sufficiently familiar to appear in a publication called Minister's Gazette of Fashion: ‘The past spring and summer season has seen much fluctuation. Like the curate's egg, it has been excellent in parts.’

Derivatives

accurately

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • It must choose its targets carefully, and accurately expose what they really represent.
  • Council tax is a complex and sensitive issue and must be communicated carefully and accurately.
  • His work took him to a number of prisons, on which he comments fairly and accurately.

Words that rhyme with accurate

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