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RECTIFY (rectified)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rectify mean? 

RECTIFY (verb)
  The verb RECTIFY has 6 senses:

1. math: determine the length of
2. reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
3. bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one
4. set straight or right
5. make right or correct
6. convert into direct current

  Familiarity information: RECTIFY used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RECTIFY (verb)


Sense 1rectify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Math: determine the length of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

rectify a curve

Hypernyms (to "rectify" is one way to...):

ascertain; determine; find; find out (establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2rectify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

rectify; refine

Context example:

refine sugar

Hypernyms (to "rectify" is one way to...):

distill; make pure; purify; sublimate (remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3rectify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring, lead, or force to abandon a wrong or evil course of life, conduct, and adopt a right one

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

reform; reclaim; rectify; regenerate

Context examples:

The Church reformed me / reform your conduct

Hypernyms (to "rectify" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rectify"):

moralise; moralize (improve the morals of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4rectify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Set straight or right

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

remediate; remedy; amend; repair; rectify

Context examples:

remedy these deficiencies / rectify the inequities in salaries / repair an oversight

Hypernyms (to "rectify" is one way to...):

correct; rectify; right (make right or correct)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5rectify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make right or correct

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

correct; right; rectify

Context examples:

Correct the mistakes / rectify the calculation

Hypernyms (to "rectify" is one way to...):

change by reversal; reverse; turn (change to the contrary)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "rectify"):

amend; rectify; remediate; remedy; repair (set straight or right)

debug (locate and correct errors in a computer program code)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6rectify [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Convert into direct current

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

rectify alternating current

Hypernyms (to "rectify" is one way to...):

change; commute; convert; exchange (exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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