- 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 rectify
He says he never did the work for money, but instead to rectify that destruction he observed.When the Son of Hamas Spied for Israel
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And should a silly, sometimes slight comedy like Veep be excised to include yet another harrowing drama, Rectify?The Best TV Shows of 2013: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and More
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My conduct must then have a faulty appearance at least, and I will endeavour to rectify it.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Mistakes are hard to rectify after a fatal volley has been fired.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
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He discovered the mistake when it was too late to rectify it.Chronicles of Border Warfare
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However, he saw his mistake in an instant and tried to rectify it.The Golden Woman
Is there a confusion in the figure, he advances to rectify it with a chass rigadoon.Jack Hinton
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- 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 rectify
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To set right; correct.
- To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
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