purify

verb

pu·​ri·​fy ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce purify (audio)
purified; purifying

transitive verb

: to make pure: such 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

Example Sentences

We purified the water by boiling it. You can purify the air with a filtration system. a bottle of purified water She believed she could purify herself through constant prayer.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s why some startups and researchers are updating centuries-old solar still technology, which uses only sunlight to purify water. Nell Lewis, CNN, 12 Sep. 2022 Sargassum in moderation helps purify water and absorb carbon dioxide and is a key part of the habitat for fish, turtles, shrimp, crabs and other creatures. Fox News, 4 Aug. 2022 Sargassum in moderation helps purify water and absorb carbon dioxide and is a key part of the habitat for fish, turtles, shrimp, crabs and other creatures. Dánica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2022 That was until a group of Canadian researchers discovered a way to extract insulin from the pancreas and purify it, giving people with the disease a way to regulate their blood-glucose levels. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The strongly-scented gel formula contains honey, aloe and willowbark extract which help purify the hair and scalp without stripping natural oils. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 20 Dec. 2022 Enriched with orange blossom, rose and sage waters, apple pectin, and the brand’s healing concentrate, this elixir promises to purify the skin. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2022 The first is a Daily Clay Cleanser, meant to be used in the morning and at night for exfoliation and to purify the skin. Sean Abrams, Men's Health, 17 Nov. 2022 The miracle worker is infused with sage and witch hazel to tone and purify the skin, while borage extract and aloe vera calm and soothe at the same time. Jennifer Chan, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English purifien, from Anglo-French purifier, from Latin purificare, from Latin purus + -ificare -ify

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of purify was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Purify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purify. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

purify

verb
pu·​ri·​fy ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce purify (audio)
purified; purifying
: to make or become pure
purification
ˌpyu̇r-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən
noun

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