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Definition of "rectify" []

  • To set right; correct. (verb-transitive)
  • To correct by calculation or adjustment. See Synonyms at correct. (verb-transitive)
  • Chemistry To refine or purify, especially by distillation. (verb-transitive)
  • Electronics To convert (alternating current) into direct current. (verb-transitive)
  • To adjust (the proof of alcoholic beverages) by adding water or other liquids. (verb-transitive)
  • To put right; correct; remedy (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To separate (a substance) from a mixture or refine (a substance) by fractional distillation (verb)
  • To convert (alternating current) into direct current (verb)
  • To determine the length of (a curve) (verb)
  • To cause (an object) to assume a linear motion or characteristic (verb)

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Use "rectify" in a sentence
  • "Hillary supporters get a grip ... how can a vote for McCain rectify sexism?"
  • "One thing he has not been able to rectify is their ability to hold a lead."
  • "I wonder where the "Winston department" is whose job is to "rectify" all past news articles which have since been "proven" to be false?"