Rectify vs Adjust - What's the difference?

rectify | adjust |

As verbs the difference between rectify and adjust

is that rectify is to correct or amend something while adjust is to modify.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • To correct or amend something.
  • (chemistry) To purify or refine, especially by distillation.
  • (electronics) To convert alternating current into direct current.
  • (transitive) To produce (as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling bad wines or strong spirits (whisky, rum, etc.) with flavourings.
  • (transitive) To adjust (a globe) in order to prepare for the solution of a proposed problem.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * rectifiable * rectifiably * rectification * rectifier * rectified spirit






    (en verb)
  • To modify.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= A new prescription , passage=As the world's drug habit shows, governments are failing in their quest to monitor every London window-box and Andean hillside for banned plants. But even that Sisyphean task looks easy next to the fight against synthetic drugs. No sooner has a drug been blacklisted than chemists adjust their recipe and start churning out a subtly different one.}}
  • To improve or rectify.
  • * {{quote-magazine, title=Towards the end of poverty
  • , date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=11, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=But poverty’s scourge is fiercest below $1.25 (the average of the 15 poorest countries’ own poverty lines, measured in 2005 dollars and adjusted for differences in purchasing power): people below that level live lives that are poor, nasty, brutish and short.}}
  • To settle an insurance claim.
  • To change to fit circumstances.
  • Synonyms

    * (to modify something) change, edit, modify, set

    Derived terms

    (terms derived from adjust) * adjustable * adjuster * adjustment * disadjust * misadjust * overadjust * readjust