Definition of edify in English:


Syllabification: ed·i·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈedəˌfī

verb (edifies, edifying, edified)

[with object] formal
Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
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  • 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.
enlighten, inform, cultivate, develop, improve, better


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.

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