purify

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

Definition of purify

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

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Other Words from purify

purifier \ ˈpyu̇r-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce purifier (audio) \ noun

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Examples of purify in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The trick for scientists at Vir is to identify these neutralizing antibodies, harvest, purify and clone them. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area," 22 June 2020 According to a press release, the museum has also installed a hospital-grade HVAC system to purify the museum's air. Cole Behrens, Cincinnati.com, "Museum reopenings: What we know about Cincinnati museum plans," 5 June 2020 In addition to enhancing overall physical and mental well-being, Palomares also points to the fact that houseplants can purify the air, a boon for so many of us spending the bulk of our time at home these days. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Why You Should Always Name Your Houseplant," 27 May 2020 Pinewood is focusing on security, limiting the number of guest on sets and using a device to purify the air to try to stop the virus's spread. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "While Hollywood waits, Tyler Perry's Atlanta studio plans July open with flash tests," 22 May 2020 The compact device is strong enough to purify up to 319 square feet and offers a variety of control settings. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Air Quality Sensor Will Alert Your Household to Pollution—and Fix The Issue," 14 May 2020 When the transparent coating is exposed to light, a photo-catalytic reaction occurs that kills microbes and purifies the air, according to the Danish company. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "Airlines Send in World’s Strongest Disinfectants to Fight Virus," 10 May 2020 When the transparent coating is exposed to light, a photo-catalytic reaction occurs that kills microbes and purifies the air, according to the Danish company. Angus Whitley, Time, "Airlines Are Using Disinfectant That Kills Herpes and MRSA to Clean Planes in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak," 26 Feb. 2020 Nike is repurposing parts of its sneakers to create PPE-like full-face shields and air-purifying respirator lenses to help health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University, the company said in a press release last week. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "New York City officials are asking for rain ponchos as PPE supplies run low," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of purify

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for purify

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

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

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28 Jun 2020

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“Purify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purify. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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purify

verb
How to pronounce purify (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of purify

: to remove dirty or harmful substances from (something)
: to free (someone) from guilt or evil thoughts

purify

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

Kids Definition of purify

: to make pure : free from impurities

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