Definition of rectify
rectificationplay \ˌrek-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
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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
Recent Examples of rectify from the Web
Durant finally rectified that with his award-clinching performance in 2014.
Trebilcock purchased the 2.7-acre Columbus Road complex from the Pipeline Development Co. for $3 million in 2015 and started to work on rectifying that situation, in partnership with MCPC Family Charities.
Harmonix has since identified and rectified the strum bar issue that went wrong in so many guitars, so newer runs of the game should be just fine.
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Did You Know?
Which of the following words does not share its ancestry with rectify—direct, 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."
Origin and Etymology of rectify
Middle English rectifien, from Anglo-French rectifier, from Medieval Latin rectificare, from Latin rectus right — more at right
First Known Use: circa 1529
Synonym Discussion of rectify
RECTIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rectify for English Language Learners
: to correct (something that is wrong)
RECTIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of rectify for Students
: to set or make right She promised to rectify the problem.
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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