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purify

verb pu·ri·fy \ˈpyr-ə-ˌfī\

: to remove dirty or harmful substances from (something)

: to free (someone) from guilt or evil thoughts

pu·ri·fiedpu·ri·fy·ing

Full Definition of PURIFY

transitive verb
:  to make pure: as
a :  to clear from material defilement or imperfection
b :  to free from guilt or moral or ceremonial blemish
c :  to free from undesirable elements
intransitive verb
:  to grow or become pure or clean
pu·ri·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of PURIFY

  1. We purified the water by boiling it.
  2. You can purify the air with a filtration system.
  3. a bottle of purified water
  4. She believed she could purify herself through constant prayer.

Origin of PURIFY

Middle English purifien, from Anglo-French purifier, from Latin purificare, from Latin purus + -ificare -ify
First Known Use: 14th century

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PURIFY Defined for Kids

purify

verb pu·ri·fy \ˈpyr-ə-ˌfī\
pu·ri·fiedpu·ri·fy·ing

Definition of PURIFY for Kids

:  to make pure :  free from impurities

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