Definition of rectify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrektəˌfī/

verb (rectifies, rectifying, rectified)

[with object]
1Put (something) right; correct: mistakes made now cannot be rectified later efforts to rectify the situation
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  • Mr Diamond has been in contact with numerous council representatives in an effort to rectify the situation, to no avail.
  • However, if the damp problem has been rectified by correct installation of the stainless-steel flue, there is no need to seal the wall.
  • A concerted effort must be made to rectify the situation.
correct, right, put right, put to rights, sort out, deal with, amend, remedy, repair, fix, make good, resolve, settle
informal patch up
1.1 (usually as adjective rectified) Purify or refine (a substance), especially by repeated distillation: add 10 cc of rectified alcohol
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  • The grapes produced by commercial viticulture are sold either as table grapes or drying grapes, or crushed and processed into wine or grape juice, grape concentrate, or rectified grape must.
  • If the basket is removed it may be used to manufacture or rectify alcohol.
  • This was rectified by adding more citric acid and if the pH went below 4.5 adding sodium hydroxide to bring the pH back up again.
2Convert (alternating current) to direct current: (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).



Pronunciation: /ˈrektəˌfīəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: rec·ti·fy

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