What does rectify mean?

Definitions for rectify
ˈrɛk təˌfaɪrec·ti·fy

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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.

    Etymology: From rectifier, from rectificare, from rectus

  2. rectify(Verb)

    To purify or refine, especially by distillation.

    Etymology: From rectifier, from rectificare, from rectus

  3. rectify(Verb)

    To convert alternating current into direct current.

    Etymology: From rectifier, from rectificare, from rectus

  4. rectify(Verb)

    To add water to alcoholic spirit to adjust its proof.

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rectify

    rek′ti-fī, v.t. to make straight or right: to adjust: to correct or redress: to purify by repeated crystallisation or sublimation, or by distillations: (math.) to determine the length of a curve included between two limits: to prepare a sun-dial for an observation:—pa.t. and pa.p. rec′tified.adj. Rectifī′able, that may be rectified or set right.—ns. Rectificā′tion, the act of rectifying or setting right: the process of refining any substance by repeated distillation: rectification of a globe, its adjustment preparatory to the solution of a proposed problem; Rec′tifier, one who corrects: one who refines a substance by repeated distillation.—Rectify the course of a vessel, to determine its true course from indications of the ship's compass, and allowing for magnetic variations, &c.; Rectify the globe, to bring the sun's place in the ecliptic on a globe to the brass meridian. [Fr.,—L. rectus, straight, facĕre, to make.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rectify in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rectify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of rectify in a Sentence

  1. Scott Pruitt:

    So I share your concerns about some of these decisions. I want to rectify those going forward, i also want to highlight for you that some of the criticism is unfounded and I think is exaggerated and I think it feeds this division that we've seen around very important issues affecting the environment.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I don't know Mr. Scooter Libby, but for years I have heard that Scooter Libby has been treated unfairly. Hopefully, this full pardon will help rectify a very sad portion of Scooter Libby life.

  3. Lewis Hamilton:

    I feel good, the race was strong for me in Austria last year and my qualifying is better this year so I plan to take that there and try to rectify the loss I had last year.

  4. Riek Machar:

    I don’t think anybody should have high expectations that this is going to yield a breakthrough. The parties have shown themselves to be utterly indifferent to their country and their people, and that is a hard thing to rectify.

  5. Ben Carson:

    Before the barrage of attacks on me occurred, I was beating Trump head-to-head, Hillary head-to-head and there are those who didn't like that very much. And the people are the only ones who can rectify the situation.

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