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Syllabification: ac·cu·rate
Pronunciation: /ˈakyərət

Definition of accurate in English:


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.
well aimed, on target, unerring, deadly, lethal, sure, true, on the mark


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



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.

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