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Meaning of EDIFY

Pronunciation:  'edufI

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  make understand; "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"
 

EDIFY is a 5 letter word that starts with E.

 

 Synonyms: enlighten
 
 See Also: instruct, learn, teach

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ed"i*fy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Edified}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Edifying}.] [F. ['e]difier, L. aedificare; aedes a building,
    house, orig., a fireplace (akin to Gr. ? to burn, Skr. idh to
    kindle, OHG. eit funeral pile, AS. [=a]d, OIr. aed fire) +
    facere to make. See {Fact}, {-fy}.]
    1. To build; to construct. [Archaic]
    
             There was a holy chapel edified.      --Spenser.
    
    2. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious
       knowledge; to teach.
    
             It does not appear probable that our dispute [about
             miracles] would either edify or enlighten the
             public.                               --Gibbon.
    
    3. To teach or persuade. [Obs.] --Bacon.
    
    
  2. \Ed"i*fy\, v. i.
    To improve. [R.] --Swift.
    
    
 
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