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[rek-tuh-fahy] /ˈrɛk təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), rectified, rectifying.
to make, put, or set right; remedy; correct:
He sent them a check to rectify his account.
to put right by adjustment or calculation, as an instrument or a course at sea.
Chemistry. to purify (especially a spirit or liquor) by repeated distillation.
Electricity. to change (an alternating current) into a direct current.
to determine the length of (a curve).
Astronomy, Geography. to adjust (a globe) for the solution of any proposed problem.
Origin of rectify
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
1. mend, emend, amend. 2. adjust, regulate, straighten.
1. worsen, muddle. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rectified
  • 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 thirty-six public typos.
  • 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


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to put right; correct; remedy
to separate (a substance) from a mixture or refine (a substance) by fractional distillation
to convert (alternating current) into direct current
(maths) to determine the length of (a curve)
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



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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