Definition of accurate in English:


Line breaks: ac¦cur|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈakjʊrət


  • 1(Especially of information, measurements, or predictions) 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.
    correct, precise, exact, right, errorless, error-free, without error, faultless, perfect, valid, specific, detailed, minute, explicit, clear-cut, word for word, unambiguous, meticulous, authoritative, reliable, canonical
    British informal spot on, bang on
    North American informal on the money
  • 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.
  • 1.2Providing a faithful representation of 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 to the wingers
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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.
    well aimed, precise, on target, unerring, deadly, lethal, sure, true, on the mark, careful, meticulous, painstaking, precision; British inch-perfect
    British informal spot on, bang on



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  • 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.
correctly, precisely, exactly, right, without error, faultlessly, perfectly, validly, specifically, in detail, minutely, explicitly, word for word, unambiguously, meticulously, authoritatively, reliably
British informal spot on, bang on
North American informal on the money
factually, literally, correctly, faithfully, exactly, closely, truly, truthfully, veraciously, like it is, as it really happened, authentically, realistically, fairly; convincingly, carefully, strictly, conscientiously, punctiliously, painstakingly, thoroughly, scrupulously, rigorously
rare veridically
precisely, with precise aim, on target, unerringly


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

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