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[pyoo r-uh-fahy] /ˈpyʊər əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), purified, purifying.
to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates:
to purify metals.
to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements:
to purify a language.
to free from guilt or evil.
to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from).
to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.
verb (used without object), purified, purifying.
to become pure.
Origin of purify
1250-1300; Middle English purifien < Middle French purifier < Latin pūrificāre. See pure, -ify
Related forms
purification, noun
[pyoo-rif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pyʊˈrɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
purifier, noun
nonpurification, noun
nonpurifying, adjective
repurification, noun
repurify, verb, repurified, repurifying.
self-purifying, adjective
unpurified, adjective
unpurifying, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for purified
Historical Examples
  • Still that could not matter, since charity redeemed and purified all.

  • But if the loveliness of her character should have purified his, and drawn and bound his soul to hers?

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • If any freeman consort with him, let him be purified before he returns to the city.

    Laws Plato
  • "Everything that grew or moved was purified," she went on ringingly.

    The Moon is Green Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • Instead of women's going to the polls corrupting them it has purified the polls.

  • Every trait is refined, purified, vivified, raised to another plane of character.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • If good water cannot be secured in any of these ways, it must in some way be purified.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • Now they are purified, and you must never get into such a naughty temper again.

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • The purified oxycellulose was identical in all respects with the above: yield 40 p.ct.

  • Bixine is a purified extract of anotta made in France, and used by dyers.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
British Dictionary definitions for purified


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to free (something) of extraneous, contaminating, or debasing matter
(transitive) to free (a person, etc) from sin or guilt
(transitive) to make clean, as in a ritual, esp the churching of women after childbirth
Derived Forms
purification, noun
purificatory (ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French purifier, from Late Latin pūrificāre to cleanse, from pūrus pure + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for purified



early 14c., "free from spiritual pollution," from Old French purefier "purify, cleanse, refine" (12c.), from Latin purificare "to make pure," from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Purified; purifying.

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