What does the word rectify mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • rectifica'tion.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To correct; amend; purify.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Rectifier.

Usage examples for rectify

  1. He took upon him to be fully instructed in the affairs of England, and of the laws and government there; wherein Whitelocke presumed to rectify some of his mistakes. – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke
  2. We must take a little account of the Cosmos nowadays- it helps to rectify our bearings. – Old Calabria by Norman Douglas
  3. Good people, when they are made sensible that they have treated anyone with injustice, are impatient to have an opportunity to rectify their mistake; and Mrs. Pomfret was now prepared to see everything which Franklin did in the most favourable point of view; especially as the next day she discovered that it was he who every morning boiled the water for her tea, and buttered her toast- services for which she had always thought she was indebted to Felix. – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth