rectify

verb
rec·​ti·​fy | \ ˈrek-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce rectify (audio) \
rectified; rectifying

Definition of rectify

transitive verb

1 : to set right : remedy
2 : to purify especially by repeated or fractional distillation rectified alcohol
3 : to correct by removing errors : adjust rectify the calendar
4 : to make (an alternating current) unidirectional

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Other Words from rectify

rectification \ ˌrek-​tə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce rectification (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for rectify

correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects. correct your spelling rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed. rectify a misguided policy emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript. emend a text remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil. set out to remedy the evils of the world redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance. redress past social injustices amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes amend a law , reform implying drastic change plans to reform the court system , and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes. revise the schedule

Did You Know?

Which of the following words does not share its ancestry with rectifydirect, regimen, obstruct, correct, or resurrection? Like rectify, four of these words ultimately come from Latin regere, which can mean "to lead straight," "to direct," or "to rule." Correct and direct come from regere via Latin corrigere and dirigere, respectively. Resurrection comes from Latin resurgere, whose stem surgere, meaning "to rise," is a combination of sub- and regere. Regimen is from Latin regimen ("position of authority," "direction," "set of rules"), itself from regere. And rectify is from regere by way of Latin rectus ("right"). Obstruct is the only one of the set that has no relation to rectify. It traces back to Latin struere, meaning "to build" or "to heap up."

Examples of rectify in a Sentence

The hotel management promised to rectify the problem. let me get the store manager, and he'll rectify the invoice for your order

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His lack of endorsements from prominent black figures, in Indiana and beyond, is something to rectify too. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Why Pete Buttigieg is losing momentum," 4 Sep. 2019 So Krispy Kreme has decided to rectify these atrocities with replacement treats. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Krispy Kreme pumpkin spice doughnuts are available now. Here's where to get them in Phoenix," 4 Sep. 2019 The district has long tried to address the differences by allowing white parents to send their children to Seth Boyden, though that has largely failed to rectify the imbalance. New York Times, "A Suburb Believed in Liberal Ideals. Then Came a New Busing Plan.," 30 Aug. 2019 The five coastal countries will have to rectify their science and their politics. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Special Report: Future of the Arctic," 23 July 2019 The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, which expanded law-enforcement capabilities in Indian country, was intended, in part, to rectify this. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019 An eye-opening 1-0 defeat against Athletic Bilbao on the opening weekend of the season was quickly rectified as Barcelona hammered Real Betis the following Sunday. SI.com, "Barcelona vs Valencia Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 12 Sep. 2019 Upon McVay’s arrival after the 2016 season, the franchise rectified the line. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Rams’ Joe Noteboom, Brian Allen look to make seamless transition to starting roles," 3 Sep. 2019 Challenging as these encounters may be, children must be protected and biases must be rectified. Richard Klasco, Time, "Don’t Get Mad if a Doctor Says They Need to Screen Your Child for Abuse," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of rectify

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rectify

Middle English rectifien, from Anglo-French rectifier, from Medieval Latin rectificare, from Latin rectus right — more at right

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rectify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rectify

formal : to correct (something that is wrong)

rectify

verb
rec·​ti·​fy | \ ˈrek-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce rectify (audio) \
rectified; rectifying

Kids Definition of rectify

: to set or make right She promised to rectify the problem.

rectify

transitive verb
rec·​ti·​fy | \ ˈrek-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce rectify (audio) \
rectified; rectifying

Medical Definition of rectify

1 : to purify (as alcohol) especially by repeated or fractional distillation
2 : to make (an alternating current) unidirectional

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