purify

verb pu·ri·fy \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of purify

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

purifier

play \ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of purify in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of purify

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


PURIFY Defined for English Language Learners

purify

verb

Definition of purify for English Language Learners

  • : to remove dirty or harmful substances from (something)

  • : to free (someone) from guilt or evil thoughts


PURIFY Defined for Kids

purify

verb pu·ri·fy \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌfī \

Definition of purify for Students

purified; purifying
: to make pure : free from impurities


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