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Definition of rectify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rectify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈrektɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rectify
BrE BrE//ˈrektɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it rectifies
BrE BrE//ˈrektɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪfaɪz//
 
past simple rectified
BrE BrE//ˈrektɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪfaɪd//
 
past participle rectified
BrE BrE//ˈrektɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form rectifying
BrE BrE//ˈrektɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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rectify something (formal) to put right something that is wrong synonym correct to rectify a fault We must take steps to rectify the situation. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French rectifier, from medieval Latin rectificare, from Latin rectus ‘right’.Extra examples The mistake can easily be rectified. It’s not too late to rectify matters. There were some errors in the report, but these were easy to rectify. We must take immediate steps to rectify the situation.
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