1. To make right; to bring to the standard of truth, justice, or propriety; to rectify; as, to correct manners or principles.
"This is a defect in the first make of some men's minds which can scarce ever be corrected afterwards. T. Burnet." --
2. To remove or retrench the faults or errors of; to amend; to set right; as, to correct the proof (that is, to mark upon the margin the changes to be made, or to make in the type the changes so marked).
3. To bring back, or attempt to bring back, to propriety in morals; to reprove or punish for faults or deviations from moral rectitude; to chastise; to discipline; as, a child should be corrected for lying.
"My accuser is my 'prentice; and when I did correct him for his fault the other day, he did vow upon his knees he would be even with me. Shak." --
4. To counteract the qualities of one thing by those of another; -- said of whatever is wrong or injurious; as, to correct the acidity of the stomach by alkaline preparations.
Syn. -- To amend; rectify; emend; reform; improve; chastise; punish; discipline; chasten. See Amend.