An example of rectify is for a person to do something to make up for hurting a friend.
- to put or set right; correct; amend
- to adjust, as in movement or balance; adjust by calculation
- Chem. to refine or purify (a liquid) by distillation, esp. by fractional or repeated distillations
- Elec. to convert (alternating current) to direct current
- Math. to find the length of (a curve)
Origin of rectifyMiddle English rectifien ; from Middle French rectifier ; from Late Latin rectificare: see recti- and amp; -fy
transitive verbrec·ti·fied, rec·ti·fy·ing, rec·ti·fies
- a. To set right; correct: rectified the situation by adding more chairs so that more people could sit. See Synonyms at correct.b. To correct by calculation or adjustment: rectified the mathematical error.
- Chemistry To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
- Electronics To convert (alternating current) into direct current.
- To adjust (the proof of alcoholic beverages) by adding water or other liquids.
Origin of rectifyMiddle English rectifien, from Old French rectifier, from Medieval Latin r&emacron;ctificare : Latin r&emacron;ctus, right; see reg- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficare, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present rectifies, present participle rectifying, simple past and past participle rectified)