List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 91

SYNONYMS: correct, rectify, remedy, redress, reform, revise, amend.
These verbs mean to make right what is wrong.

Correct refers to eliminating faults, errors, or defects: correct spelling mistakes; correct a misapprehension.
Rectify stresses the idea of bringing something into conformity with a standard of what is right: The omission of your name from the list will be rectified. I hope I can find a way to rectify your opinion of my behavior.
Remedy involves removing or counteracting something considered a cause of harm or damage: Nothing has been done to remedy the lack.
Redress refers to setting right something considered immoral or unethical and usually involves making reparation: The wrong is too great to be redressed.
Reform implies broad change that alters form or character for the better: Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons. Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
Revise suggests change that results from reconsideration: revise a manuscript; revising the tax laws; revise our judgment of the situation.
Amend implies improvement through alteration or correction: "Whenever [the people] shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it" (Abraham Lincoln).

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