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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Leung urged the government to rectify discriminatory policies and legislation so that other couples wouldn’t have to undergo the same legal process. Washington Post, "Hong Kong court: Denying same-sex spousal benefits unlawful," 7 June 2019 Muilenburg maintains that a software update that will rectify the MCAS issue will be ready within the coming weeks. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Takes Responsibility For Both 737 Max 8 Crashes and Apologizes," 4 Apr. 2019 Jolie urged the United Nations to rectify that disparity, citing numerous examples of what happens when women take the lead. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Proves You Don’t Need a Suit to Command Attention at the United Nations," 30 Mar. 2019 Operational problems appear to be serious and, if so, need rectifying. John Patty, Vox, "Are we screwing up air security?," 18 May 2018 Bloomberg View contributor Ramesh Ponnuru argues that the U.S. corporate tax has made the country a less attractive place to invest, and rectifying that problem should be a priority for modern tax reform. Bloomberg.com, "Ramesh Ponnuru on a Republican Tax Plan for 2017," 15 Sep. 2017 Thankfully, the new Act rectified the archaic system, and Meghan and Harry's baby will also benefit from the change in rules. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Fit in the Line of Succession?," 6 Apr. 2019 Prices for the sharper panels have steadily come down in recent months, many of the scaling issues that plagued computer software in the past have been rectified, and the amount of worthwhile 4K content continues to steadily grow. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 If there were more options in the side that provided a broader squad depth, those old nagging issues could be rectified and with the arrival of Keita, those problems of the past could be abolished once and for all. SI.com, "Why New Liverpool Signing Naby Keita Has the Potential to Become One of the World's Best Midfielders," 12 July 2018

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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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