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.

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
We scholars have done little to rectify the situation, what with our boring books and our excesses of anti-charisma.
The best way to rectify such a situation is to make sure the next test is truer.
The initiative seeks to rectify coverage and credibility concerns by having professional psychologists participate.
Follow-up visits verify that corrective actions have been implemented to rectify cited deficiencies.
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