verb (edifies, edifying, edified)[with object] formal
- But there are some who desire to know that they may edify others, and that is praiseworthy; and there are some who desire to know that they themselves may be edified, and that is wise.
- Let the one in books that speak the truth edify religious men, and the other in lying fables delight impure demons.
- Some are called to sow, others to reap some are eminently qualified to awaken sinners, others to edify saints.
Middle English: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificare 'build', from aedis 'dwelling' + facere 'make' (compare with edifice). The word originally meant 'construct a building', also 'strengthen', hence to “build up” morally or spiritually.