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


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



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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.

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