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Edify \Ed"i*fy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Edified; p. pr. & vb. n. Edifying.] [F. ['e]difier, L. aedificare; aedes a building, house, orig., a fireplace (akin to Gr. ? to burn, Skr. idh to kindle, OHG. eit funeral pile, AS. [=a]d, OIr. aed fire) + facere to make. See Fact, -fy.]

  1. To build; to construct. [Archaic]

    There was a holy chapel edified.

  2. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.

    It does not appear probable that our dispute [about miracles] would either edify or enlighten the public.

  3. To teach or persuade. [Obs.]

  1. (context obsolete English) Furnished with buildings. v

  2. (en-past of: edify)


adj. instructed and encouraged in moral, intellectual, and spiritual improvement

  1. v. make understand; "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal" [syn: enlighten]

  2. [also: edified]


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