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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)

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.

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?"