[ ed-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈɛd əˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.
to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
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Origin of edify
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English edifien, from Anglo-French, Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre “to build,” equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedes ) “house, temple” + -ficāre -fy
OTHER WORDS FROM edifyed·i·fi·er, nounnon·ed·i·fied, adjectivere·ed·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·ed·i·fied, re·ed·i·fy·ing.un·ed·i·fied, adjective
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How to use edify in a sentence
Nor were the two last-named gentlemen as much edified as they might have been by the moving passages narrated.The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
Their zeal edified the monks and doctors; but the trick was afterwards discovered.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
A long conversation and exchange of compliments followed, and finally at sundown the Pope departed, very greatly edified.The Story of Perugia|Margaret Symonds
If that was what she called sensible conversation, Zebedee must have been truly edified.Vacation with the Tucker Twins|Nell Speed
Wherefore, he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together.
British Dictionary definitions for edify
/ (ˈɛdɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
Derived forms of edifyedifier, nounedifying, adjectiveedifyingly, adverb
Word Origin for edify
C14: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre to construct, from aedēs a dwelling, temple + facere to make
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