verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.
Origin of edify
Examples from the Web for edify
And that this juridical and canonical sifting of poor ministers was not to edify and reform.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth|Lucy Aikin
He took up his abode outside the town, and continued to astonish and edify the peasants who came into Lecce to market.Curiosities of Olden Times|S. Baring-Gould
By the singing of their verses; in that singing they give delight, or they edify, or they edify and delight together.The Heroic Enthusiasts,(1 of 2) (Gli Eroici Furori)|Giordano Bruno
Ayloffe showed as much contempt of death as either Argyle or Rumbold: but his end did not, like theirs, edify pious minds.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
They may edify each other, they certainly have no power of edifying any one else.The Religious Life of London|J. Ewing Ritchie
British Dictionary definitions for edify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for edify
Word Origin and History for edify
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.