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edify

[ ed-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈɛd ə faɪ /
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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

1300–50; Middle English edifien<Anglo-French, Old French edifier<Latin aedificāre to build, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedes) house, temple + -ficāre-fy

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British Dictionary definitions for edify

edify
/ (ˈɛdɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
(tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction

Derived forms of edify

edifier, 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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