rectify

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."

Primary Meanings of rectify

1.
v
make right or correct
2.
v
math: determine the length of
3.
v
reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
4.
v
convert into direct current
Full Definitions of rectify
1

v make right or correct

rectify the calculation”
Synonyms:
correct, right
Antonyms:
falsify
falsify knowingly
Types:
amend, remediate, remedy, repair
set straight or right
debug
locate and correct errors in a computer program code
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

v set straight or right

rectify the inequities in salaries”
Synonyms:
amend, remediate, remedy, repair
Type of:
correct, right
make right or correct

v 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
Types:
moralise, moralize
improve the morals of
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
2

v math: determine the length of

rectify a curve”
Type of:
ascertain, determine, find, find out
establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
3

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

Synonyms:
refine
Type of:
distill, make pure, purify, sublimate
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
4

v convert into direct current

rectify alternating current”
Type of:
change, commute, convert, exchange
exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

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