What does rectify mean?

Definitions for rectifyˈrɛk təˌfaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rectify.

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

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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Franklin Nieves:

    You know we received threats and orders to fabricate that case against Leopoldo Lopez. This is the opportunity to rectify.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    Most people are enjoying their lives with lies, so a person who tries to rectify them by saying the truth is only often most despised.

  3. EMTSBA III - The Writing Reflex:

    A guilty conscience will get you reacting to justify your action, but a remorseful conscience will get you acting to rectify your reaction.

  4. Laurence Bolotin:

    We have reached out to start a dialogue with the Warrior Beach Retreat and to offer whatever assistance we can to rectify this awful situation.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    We demand, via all global diplomatic channels, that President Obama rectify and repeal the immoral decree declaring Venezuela a threat to the United States.

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