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
A catering hiccup over the coffee left some with a bitter taste, but it was rectified by Tuesday with the help of some chocolate biscuits.
Trump made little mention of how his administration would rectify the primary reason companies such as Ivanka Trump's produce their products overseas: cheap labor.
The Marine Corps rigorously investigates all aviation mishaps to identify the causes, learn from them and rectify the problems that occurred.
This might be rectified by the Trump administration, which is currently reviewing its Afghan policy.
Curiously enough, Chicago has heard next to none of his music, an oversight Grant Park hereby rectifies.
BPI and its family owners said in a statement that the lawsuit was difficult, but necessary to start rectifying the harm suffered as a result of ABC's reports on lean, finely textured beef.
The 90- and 120-day periods are in place, the government says, to allow the responsible agencies to review and rectify gaps in screening and vetting procedures for citizens of those six predominantly Muslim nations.
Fircrest has until July 14 to rectify the situation.
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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."
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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