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[ed-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.
  1. to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
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Origin of edify

1300–50; Middle English edifien < Anglo-French, Old French edifier < Latin aedificāre to build, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedes) house, temple + -ficāre -fy
Related formsed·i·fi·er, nouned·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·ed·i·fied, adjectivere·ed·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·ed·i·fied, re·ed·i·fy·ing.un·ed·i·fied, adjectiveun·ed·i·fy·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for edifies

edify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
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Derived Formsedifier, nounedifying, adjectiveedifyingly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre to construct, from aedēs a dwelling, temple + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for edifies

edify

v.

mid-14c., "to build, construct," also, in figurative use, "to build up morally or in faith," from Old French edefiier "build, install, teach, instruct (morally)," from Latin aedificare "to build, construct," in Late Latin "improve spiritually, instruct" (see edifice). Related: Edified; edifying.

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