When you rectify something, you fix it or make it right. Some English teachers will give you a chance to rectify any mistakes you've made in an essay and hand in a second, edited draft.

This verb often turns up in sentences like "The truce should help to rectify this situation between the two countries," or "I'd like to rectify the misspellings in this article before I print it." To rectify is to correct or improve something — you can imagine straightening out something that's bent to make it work better. The Old French rectifier, in fact, means "to make straight," from the Latin root rectus, "straight."

Definitions of rectify
  1. verb
    make right or correct
    rectify the calculation”
    synonyms: correct, right
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    falsify knowingly
    amend, remediate, remedy, repair
    set straight or right
    locate and correct errors in a computer program code
    type of:
    change by reversal, reverse, turn
    change to the contrary
  2. verb
    set straight or right
    rectify the inequities in salaries”
    synonyms: amend, remediate, remedy, repair
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    type of:
    correct, right
    make right or correct
  3. verb
    bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
    synonyms: reclaim, reform, regenerate
    reform, see the light, straighten out
    change for the better
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    moralise, moralize
    improve the morals of
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    math: determine the length of
    rectify a curve”
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    type of:
    ascertain, determine, find, find out
    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
  5. verb
    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
    synonyms: refine
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    distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
    remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
  6. verb
    convert into direct current
    rectify alternating current”
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    type of:
    change, commute, convert, exchange
    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
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