rectify

[rek-tuh-fahy]
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; Middle English rectifien < Middle French rectifier < Medieval Latin rēctificāre, equivalent to Latin rēct(us) right + -ificāre -ify

nonrectified, adjective
self-rectifying, adjective
unrectified, adjective


1. mend, emend, amend. 2. adjust, regulate, straighten.


1. worsen, muddle.
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rectify (ˈrɛktɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -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
 
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin rectificāre to adjust, from Latin rectus straight + facere to make]
 
'rectifiable
 
adj
 
rectifi'cation
 
n

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rectify
c.1400, from O.Fr. rectifier, lit. "to make straight" (14c.), from L.L. rectificare "make right" (3c.), from L. rectus "straight" (see right) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
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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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Old-fashioned colonialism is mostly gone, but its thefts and damages haven't
  been well rectified.
Scientists have now rectified that situation, although you might call it a slow
  fix.
But of course it's easier if they start out on the right track than if they
  have to be rectified.
But they stayed the course, and by the end had rectified two hundred and
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