Definitions for: Edify

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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. --Spenser.

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. --Gibbon.

3. To teach or persuade. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Ed"i*fy, v. i.
To improve. [R.] --Swift.

Synonyms: enlighten

See Also: instruct, learn, teach

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