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Definition correct, fix, or make right

Specialized definitions of rectify include:
  • chemistry:  purify (e.g., via repeated distillation)
  • manufacturing:  separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
  • electronics:  convert alternate current into direct current
  • I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
  • We are working to rectify the accounts and send refunds to everyone who was overbilled.
  • rectify = correct
  • There is a huge error which it may take some little time to rectify.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • She had accordingly gone downstairs again to rectify her error.
    Christie, Agatha  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
  • Must rectify our knowledge.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Tempest
  • I meant to rectify my conscience
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VIII
  • You will be pleased to know, however, that these problems are now to be rectified.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • rectified = fixed
  • Today I would rectify that oversight.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • rectify = correct, fix, or make right
  • The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • rectify = correct
  • Government measures to rectify the drastic rise of the yen.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • rectify = correct
  • That he seemed to be simply working on the project, rectifying Ben's mistakes without frustration or anger, made her feel a burst of gratitude and affection toward him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • rectifying = correcting, fixing, or making right
  • I'd thought occasionally of going to her, of trying some way to rectify what I had done; and other times I thought it would all heal itself; and in my new life of nightly killing, I had grown far from the attachment I'd felt for her or for my sister or any mortal.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • rectify = fix
  • These fellow-mortals, every one, must be accepted as they are: you can neither straighten their noses, nor brighten their wit, nor rectify their dispositions; and it is these people—amongst whom your life is passed—that it is needful you should tolerate, pity, and love: it is these more or less ugly, stupid, inconsistent people whose movements of goodness you should be able to admire—for whom you should cherish all possible hopes, all possible patience.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • rectify = fix
  • I'm so sorry and I'd do anything to rectify it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • rectify = fix (make it right)
  • When our eyes were accustomed to the light we had lost sight of so long, I used them to rectify the errors of my imagination.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • rectify = correct
  • Again Maud rectified the twist with the watch-tackle, and again she lowered away from the windlass.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • rectified = fixed or corrected
  • A great piece of laxity will be rectified.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • rectified = made right
  • If I did you harm, I'm here to rectify it.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • rectify = fix or make right
  • This had to be rectified, but it was impossible to do so.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • rectified = corrected or made right
  • It would take some time before it could be rectified.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
rectified = corrected, fixed, or made right

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