rectify

[ rek-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈrɛk təˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), rec·ti·fied, rec·ti·fy·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.

Nearby words

  1. recti-,
  2. rectifiable,
  3. rectification,
  4. rectified spirit,
  5. rectifier,
  6. rectilinear,
  7. rectirostral,
  8. rectitis,
  9. rectitude,
  10. rectitudinous

Origin of rectify

1350–1400; Middle English rectifien < Middle French rectifier < Medieval Latin rēctificāre, equivalent to Latin rēct(us) right + -ificāre -ify

Related formsnon·rec·ti·fied, adjectiveself-rec·ti·fy·ing, adjectiveun·rec·ti·fied, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rectify

rectify

/ (ˈrɛktɪˌfaɪ) /

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 Formsrectifiable, adjectiverectification, noun

Word Origin for rectify

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

rectify

v.

c.1400, from Old French rectifier, literally "to make straight" (14c.), from Late Latin rectificare "make right," from Latin rectus "straight" (see right (adj.1)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Rectified; rectifying.

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Medicine definitions for rectify

rectify

[ rĕktə-fī′ ]

v.

To set right; correct.
To refine or purify, especially by distillation.

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