Rectify Definition

rectified, rectifies, rectifying
rectified, rectifies, rectifying
To put or set right; correct; amend.
Webster's New World
To adjust, as in movement or balance; adjust by calculation.
Webster's New World
To refine or purify (a liquid) by distillation, esp. by fractional or repeated distillations.
Webster's New World
To convert (alternating current) to direct current.
Webster's New World
To adjust (the proof of alcoholic beverages) by adding water or other liquids.
American Heritage

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

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