purify

verb
pu·​ri·​fy | \ ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌfī \
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 \ noun

Synonyms for purify

Synonyms

cleanse, purge, sanctify

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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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Greenery can absorb toxins, purify the air, and even reduce noise levels. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Give Your Space A Plant-Over," 8 Jan. 2019 The Department of Health in Florida, a state often hit by tropical storms and hurricanes, offered tips to purify contaminated water, such as boiling it, among other methods. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence could flood manure pits, contaminating drinking water, experts warn," 13 Sep. 2018 The ancient Greeks used sound vibration to aid in digestion, treat mental disturbance, and induce sleep, and even Aristotle's De Anima detailed how flute music could purify the soul. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "I Tried a Sound Bath — Here's What This Meditative Practice Is Really Like," 24 Oct. 2018 This is why some critical drugs still have to be purified from biological sources. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AI plus a chemistry robot finds all the reactions that will work," 18 July 2018 The police will resolutely crack down on such behaviors that challenge the legal bottom line or public order and good social morals, in order to purify the Internet’s public sphere. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "Chinese online star detained for 5 days after singing the national anthem badly," 15 Oct. 2018 Companies that sell the gas acquire it from ammonia plants before cleaning and purifying it. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "U.K. Fears for Its Beer and Crumpets. Blame a Carbon Dioxide Shortage.," 29 June 2018 Lemon, peppermint, and rosemary oils are also known to purify and energize. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 It's got daytime and night time modes that can dim its LED displays and purify at the quietest settings. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Things Won't Break in a Pelican Case," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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purify

verb

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 \
purified; purifying

Kids Definition of purify

: to make pure : free from impurities

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