- 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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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 self-rectifying
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To set right; correct.
- To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
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