Rectify meaning

rĕk'tə-fī'
To put or set right; correct; amend.
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To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
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To convert (alternating current) into direct current.
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To adjust (the proof of alcoholic beverages) by adding water or other liquids.
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To adjust, as in movement or balance; adjust by calculation.
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To refine or purify (a liquid) by distillation, esp. by fractional or repeated distillations.
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To convert (alternating current) to direct current.
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To find the length of (a curve)
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To correct or amend something.
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(chemistry) To purify or refine, especially by distillation.
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(electronics) To convert alternating current into direct current.
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Rectify is defined as to make something right.

An example of rectify is for a person to do something to make up for hurting a friend.

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Origin of rectify

  • Middle English rectifien from Old French rectifier from Medieval Latin rēctificāre Latin rēctus right reg- in Indo-European roots Latin -ficāre -fy
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French rectifier (“to make straight"), from Medieval Latin rÄ“ctificāre (“make right"), from Latin rÄ“ctus (“straight")
    From Wiktionary