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Meaning of RECTIFY

Pronunciation:  'rektu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  convert into direct current; "rectify alternating current"
  2. [v]  make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"
  3. [v]  set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"
  4. [v]  bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one; "The Church reformed me"; "reform your conduct"
  5. [v]  reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
  6. [v]  math: determine the length of; "rectify a curve"

RECTIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: correct, reclaim, refine, reform, regenerate, right
 Antonyms: falsify
 See Also: adjust, alter, amend, ascertain, change, change by reversal, commute, convert, debug, determine, distill, exchange, find, find out, make pure, moralise, moralize, purify, rectify, remediate, remedy, repair, reverse, set, sublimate, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Rec"ti*fy\ (-f?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rectified}
(-f?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rectifying} (-f?`?ng).] [F.
rectifier, LL. rectificare; L. rectus right + -ficare (in
comp.) to make. See {Right}, and {-fy}.]
1. To make or set right; to correct from a wrong, erroneous,
   or false state; to amend; as, to rectify errors, mistakes,
   or abuses; to rectify the will, the judgment, opinions; to
   rectify disorders.

         I meant to rectify my conscience.     --Shak.

         This was an error of opinion which a conflicting
         opinion would have rectified.         --Burke.

2. (Chem.) To refine or purify by repeated distillation or
   sublimation, by which the fine parts of a substance are
   separated from the grosser; as, to rectify spirit of wine.

3. (Com.) To produce ( as factitious gin or brandy) by
   redistilling low wines or ardent spirits (whisky, rum,
   etc.), flavoring substances, etc., being added.

{To rectify a globe}, to adjust it in order to prepare for
   the solution of a proposed problem.

Syn: To amend; emend; correct; better; mend; reform; redress;
     adjust; regulate; improve. See {Amend}.