Definitions for rectifyˈrɛk təˌfaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rec•ti•fyˈrɛk təˌfaɪ(v.t.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. to make, put, or set right; correct:

    to rectify an error.

  2. to put right by adjustment or calculation, as a course at sea.

  3. to purify (esp. a spirit or liquor) by repeated distillation.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. to change (an alternating current) into a direct current.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  5. to determine the length of (a curve).

    Category: Math

Origin of rectify:

1350–1400; ME < MF rectifier < ML rēctificāre= L rēct(us)right+-i--i-+-ficāre-fy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rectify(verb)

    math: determine the length of

    "rectify a curve"

  2. refine, rectify(verb)

    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities

    "refine sugar"

  3. reform, reclaim, regenerate, rectify(verb)

    bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

    "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"

  4. rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, amend(verb)

    set straight or right

    "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"

  5. correct, rectify, right(verb)

    make right or correct

    "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"

  6. rectify(verb)

    convert into direct current

    "rectify alternating current"


  1. rectify(Verb)

    To correct or amend something.

  2. rectify(Verb)

    To purify or refine, especially by distillation.

  3. rectify(Verb)

    To convert alternating current into direct current.

  4. rectify(Verb)

    To add water to alcoholic spirit to adjust its proof.

  5. Origin: From rectifier, from rectificare, from rectus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rectify(verb)

    to make or set right; to correct from a wrong, erroneous, or false state; to amend; as, to rectify errors, mistakes, or abuses; to rectify the will, the judgment, opinions; to rectify disorders

  2. Rectify(verb)

    to refine or purify by repeated distillation or sublimation, by which the fine parts of a substance are separated from the grosser; as, to rectify spirit of wine

  3. Rectify(verb)

    to produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling low wines or ardent spirits (whisky, rum, etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added

Anagrams of rectify

  1. certify

Translations for rectify

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to put right or correct (a mistake etc)

We shall rectify the error as soon as possible.

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