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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But this is 2020; the lack of watering holes with open mics and Sunfly on their screens can be rectified with a few friends, a couple laptops, and a lot of moxie. Tyler Coates, Wired, "How to Throw a Karaoke Party on Zoom," 13 May 2020 And don't get too down on the power; Cadillac will rectify that with a new model above this one, likely powered by a version of the same twin-turbo six its predecessor had. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "2020 Cadillac CT4-V Down on Power, But Not Out," 27 Apr. 2020 With the civil rights era, other more egregious wrongs in the American electoral system were gradually rectified, and so even more attention focused on the census itself. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Enumerated Story of the Census," 13 Apr. 2020 The Stars, like the rest of the NHL, severely missed on the future Dallas captain, and that misfire was recently rectified by the NHL.com staff who is using the current league hiatus to look back on some drafts of the past. Dallas News, "Stars captain Jamie Benn jumps to No. 2 overall pick in NHL.com’s 2007 redraft," 5 Apr. 2020 Ramos’ struggle to access treatment is something that San Antonio HIV organizations are trying to rectify. San Antonio Express-News, "HIV services in San Antonio," 24 Oct. 2019 Defensive speed was a big part of the problem, and the Jaguars set about trying to rectify that in the offseason. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "‘DJ loves football’: Daniels wants to be difference-maker in South Alabama secondary," 19 Aug. 2019 Some apps have tried to rectify this problem by restricting the supply of potential matches and encouraging people to meet in person as soon as possible. Zoe Schiffer, Vox, "The dating algorithm that gives you just one match," 11 July 2019 Kanyoonzi said Chinese officials had assured him the situation would be rectified but did not provide specifics. NBC News, "China accused of discriminating against Africans as part of coronavirus fight," 14 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rectify. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for rectify

rectify

verb
How to pronounce rectify (audio)

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.
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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