- to make, put, or set right; remedy; correct: He sent them a check to rectify his account.
- to put right by adjustment or calculation, as an instrument or a course at sea.
- Chemistry. to purify (especially a spirit or liquor) by repeated distillation.
- Electricity. to change (an alternating current) into a direct current.
- to determine the length of (a curve).
- Astronomy, Geography. to adjust (a globe) for the solution of any proposed problem.
Origin of rectify
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1. mend, emend, amend. 2. adjust, regulate, straighten.
1. worsen, muddle.
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Examples from the Web for rectified
In most cases that, too, has been rectified—with the exception of Michael Douglas, who is one silver-haired fox.Diane Keaton Refuses to Give In to Aging
May 19, 2014
A lot of their injuries—particularly the people shot in the eyes—could have been rectified.Ahdaf Soueif’s Cairo: Remembering A City Wracked By The Arab Spring
January 26, 2014
Some of it may have to be rectified, as they term it, and that will cause delay.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
My dear father, do not let this mistake affect you too deeply; it will easily be rectified.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Molineux and Birge were too far to the front, and the line must be rectified.Lights and Shadows in Confederate Prisons
Homer B. Sprague
I rectified the error, and he entered the information in a book.
But if they have, the sooner the evil is rectified the better.
- to put right; correct; remedy
- to separate (a substance) from a mixture or refine (a substance) by fractional distillation
- to convert (alternating current) into direct current
- maths to determine the length of (a curve)
- to cause (an object) to assume a linear motion or characteristic
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin rectificāre to adjust, from Latin rectus straight + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for rectified
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To set right; correct.
- To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
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