Definitions for: Rectify

[v] convert into direct current; "rectify alternating current"
[v] make right or correct; "Correct the mistakes"; "rectify the calculation"
[v] set straight or right; "remedy these deficiencies"; "rectify the inequities in salaries"; "repair an oversight"
[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"
[v] reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities; "refine sugar"
[v] math: determine the length of; "rectify a curve"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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