Definition of edify in English:

edify

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛdɪfʌɪ
 
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verb (edifies, edifying, edified)

[with object] formal
Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually: Rachel had edified their childhood with frequent readings from Belloc
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
enlighten, inform, cultivate, develop, inculcate, indoctrinate, improve, better, uplift, elevate

Origin

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.

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