Definition of rectify in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛktɪfʌɪ

verb (rectifies, rectifying, rectified)

[with object]
  • 2Convert (alternating current) to direct current: the current from the transformers is rectified by high-voltage diodes (as adjective rectified) rectified AC power systems
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    • Similar to an electrical diode that rectifies an alternating voltage, it might rectify an alternating force to generate a net movement in one direction.
    • We are also investigating tunnel diodes, which rectify the IR-frequency current waves in the antenna arms.
    • It works by moving a magnet through a coil of wire and produces a alternating current which must then be rectified by the use of diodes.
  • 3Find a straight line equal in length to (a curve): his methods of rectifying the cycloid



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  • And it doesn't seem like an easily rectifiable imbalance.
  • The dramatic changes I experienced after just a few lessons were because some of my problems were caused or exacerbated by quite easily rectifiable postural faults.
  • A surprising number of somewhat crucial points came up at this stage, but fortunately all of them are rectifiable, so that's OK.


Pronunciation: /-fɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Trained teachers lay emphasis on improving telephonic conversations and rectification of common errors in letter writing.
  • They also make rectification of past injustices utterly impossible.
  • That is not to say that the secondary issue is not important or does not deserve coverage and rectification.


late Middle English: from Old French rectifier, from medieval Latin rectificare, from Latin rectus 'right'.

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