verb (used with object), pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing.
Origin of purify
Examples from the Web for purify
"We have an Islamic government, an interior ministry trying to purify its image, and a conservative masculine society," he says.
“I picture scientists finding new ways to purify water, or diagnose disease,” Sindi says.
From just past the city limits came Ernest Hemingway to purify the American language and create another heroic legend.
The simplest is water; and water can purify many things; but there are some things which water cannot cleanse.The Preacher and His Models|James Stalker
Sulphur to purify the blood may be taken three times a week—a thimbleful in a glass of milk before breakfast.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners|B.G. Jefferis
But, to change and purify my feelings, preparations were already made.Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
In Chhattīsgarh a new convert is shaved and the other Pankas wash their feet over him in order to purify him.
He will now pour himself out in a rhapsody of praise of tears, which purify and refresh the soul, and open it to the love of God.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for purify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for purify
Word Origin and History for purify
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.