rectify

verb
rec·​ti·​fy | \ ˈrek-tə-ˌfī \
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 \ 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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That has to be rectified with any new incentive programs. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Governor Calls for Ending State’s Current Corporate Tax Incentives," 9 Jan. 2019 The new season, streaming Friday, aims to rectify that from the get-go. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "How Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' addresses suicide controversy, Me Too movement in Season 2," 15 May 2018 Hoping to rectify the situation, the saint slid down the family’s chimney in the middle of the night to fill the girls’ stockings, which had been hung on the mantle to dry, with shiny gold coins. Vogue, "Day 8: Stuff Your Stockings With Care," 12 Nov. 2018 To rectify the situation, her male consort will immediately undergo a series of neurological changes and begin to boss and court the smaller fish. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animals," 28 June 2018 But actually, Claire’s choices are repeatedly portrayed as the wrong ones, character flaws to be rectified by the right man — presumably Owen — while Ellie’s are just that: her choices. refinery29.com, "The Most Interesting Woman In Fallen Kingdom Is A Raptor: How The Jurassic Park Franchise Regressed," 20 June 2018 After Mark Helfrich failed to land a top-45 California talent in the class of 2016, the Ducks have worked tirelessly to rectify that recruiting void. Andrew Nemec, OregonLive.com, "Sean Dollars, nation's No. 1 all-purpose back, commits to Oregon Ducks over Florida State, USC, others," 20 May 2018 Attorneys for De Sousa have criticized prosecutors for not giving him time to rectify the situation prior to filing criminal charges against him. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "De Sousa's initial federal court appearance on tax charges set for Monday," 16 May 2018 The Dodgers have arranged for five free telecasts in the first month of the season on KTLA (Channel 5), but that hardly rectifies the situation. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ Tyler Beede deftly handles interview with Australian broadcaster," 26 Feb. 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

: to correct (something that is wrong)

rectify

verb
rec·​ti·​fy | \ ˈrek-tə-ˌfī \
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 \
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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