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rectify

[ rek-tuh-fahy ]
/ 藞r蓻k t蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), rec路ti路fied, rec路ti路fy路ing.
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.
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Origin of rectify

1350鈥1400; Middle English rectifien<Middle French rectifier<Medieval Latin r膿ctific膩re, equivalent to Latin r膿ct(us) right + -ific膩re-ify

OTHER WORDS FROM rectify

non路rec路ti路fied, adjectiveself-rec路ti路fy路ing, adjectiveun路rec路ti路fied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rectify

rectify
/ (藞r蓻kt瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
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

Derived forms of rectify

rectifiable, adjectiverectification, noun

Word Origin for rectify

C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin rectific膩re to adjust, from Latin rectus straight + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for rectify

rectify
[ r臅kt蓹-f墨鈥 ]

v.
To set right; correct.
To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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