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rectify

[rek-tuh-fahy] /ˈrɛk təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), rectified, rectifying.
1.
to make, put, or set right; remedy; correct:
He sent them a check to rectify his account.
2.
to put right by adjustment or calculation, as an instrument or a course at sea.
3.
Chemistry. to purify (especially a spirit or liquor) by repeated distillation.
4.
Electricity. to change (an alternating current) into a direct current.
5.
to determine the length of (a curve).
6.
Astronomy, Geography. to adjust (a globe) for the solution of any proposed problem.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English rectifien < Middle French rectifier < Medieval Latin rēctificāre, equivalent to Latin rēct(us) right + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
nonrectified, adjective
self-rectifying, adjective
unrectified, adjective
Synonyms
1. mend, emend, amend. 2. adjust, regulate, straighten.
Antonyms
1. worsen, muddle.
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  • Old-fashioned colonialism is mostly gone, but its thefts and damages haven't been well rectified.
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  • When you file a grievance it first goes through many other channels to get the problem rectified.
  • No amount of amicability or trying to stay out of people's way rectified the situation.
  • It is a nomenclature problem that needs to be rectified.
  • Fortunately, by the end, the situation is rectified.
  • It can be rectified by letting the car warm up or applying more precise throttle pressure.
  • These situations cannot be rectified by holiday wishes and prayers.
British Dictionary definitions for rectified

rectify

/ˈrɛktɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to put right; correct; remedy
2.
to separate (a substance) from a mixture or refine (a substance) by fractional distillation
3.
to convert (alternating current) into direct current
4.
(maths) to determine the length of (a curve)
5.
to cause (an object) to assume a linear motion or characteristic
Derived Forms
rectifiable, adjective
rectification, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin rectificāre to adjust, from Latin rectus straight + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for rectified

rectify

v.

c.1400, from Old French rectifier, literally "to make straight" (14c.), from Late Latin rectificare "make right," from Latin rectus "straight" (see right (adj.1)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Rectified; rectifying.

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rectified in Medicine

rectify rec·ti·fy (rěk'tə-fī')
v. rec·ti·fied, rec·ti·fy·ing, rec·ti·fies

  1. To set right; correct.

  2. To refine or purify, especially by distillation.

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