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.
Origin of rectify
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Antonyms for rectify
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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
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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To set right; correct.
To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
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