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Definitions for PURIFY
ˈpyʊər əˌfaɪpu·ri·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. purify, sublimate, make pure, distillverb

    remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

    "purify the water"

  2. purify, purge, sanctifyverb

    make pure or free from sin or guilt

    "he left the monastery purified"

  3. purifyverb

    become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin

    "The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify"


  1. purifyverb

    To cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities

  2. purifyverb

    To free (someone) from guilt or sin

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Purifyverb

    Etymology: purifier, Fr. purifico, Lat.

    If any bad blood should be left in the kingdom, an honourable foreign war will vent or purify it. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    The mass of the air was many thousand times greater than the water, and would in proportion require a greater time to be purified. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    By chace our long-liv’d fathers earn’d their food,
    Toil strung the nerves, and purified the blood. Dryden.

    It ran upon so fine and delicate a ground, as one could not easily judge, whether the river did more wash the gravel, or the gravel did purify the river. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    He gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people. Tit. ii. 14.

    If God gives grace, knowledge will not stay long behind; since it is the same spirit and principle that purifies the heart, and clarifies the understanding. Robert South, Sermons.

    There were set six water pots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews. Jo. ii. 6.

    He saw the French tongue abundantly purified. Thomas Sprat.

  2. To Purifyverb

    To grow pure.

    We do not suppose the separation of these two liquors wholly finished, before the purgation of the air began, though let them begin to purify at the same time. Burnet.


  1. purify

    To purify means to remove impurities or unwanted elements from a substance, environment, or object. This can be done physically or chemically. In a broader, metaphorical sense, it can also refer to the act of making something free from immorality, corruption, or other undesirable qualities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Purifyverb

    to make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air

  2. Purifyverb

    hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart

  3. Purifyverb

    to free from ceremonial or legal defilement

  4. Purifyverb

    to free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language

  5. Purifyverb

    to grow or become pure or clear

  6. Etymology: [F. purifier, L. purificare; purus pure + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Pure, and -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purify

    pū′ri-fī, v.t. to make pure: to cleanse from foreign or hurtful matter: to free from guilt or uncleanness: to free from improprieties or barbarisms, as language.—v.i. to become pure:—pa.t. and pa.p. pū′rifīed.n. Purificā′tion, act of purifying: (B.) the act of cleansing ceremonially by removing defilement: a cleansing of the soul from moral guilt or defilement: a crushing of desire after anything evil: the pouring of wine into the chalice to rinse it after communion, the wine being then drunk by the priest.—adj. Pū′rificātive.—n. Pū′rificātor.—adj. Pū′rificātory, tending to purify or cleanse.—n. Pū′rifier.—Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a feast observed in the R.C. Church on February 2d, in commemoration of the purification of the Virgin Mary, according to the Jewish ceremonial (Lev. xii. 2) forty days after the birth of Christ. [Fr. purifier—L. purificārepurus, pure, facĕre, to make.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PURIFY in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PURIFY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of PURIFY in a Sentence

  1. Maitri Upanishads:

    Let a man strive to purify his thoughts. What a man thinketh, that is he this is the eternal mystery. Dwelling within himself with thoughts serene, he will obtain imperishable happiness.

  2. Alexis de Tocqueville:

    The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality.

  3. Aristotle:

    The true end of tragedy is to purify the passions.

  4. Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), James Reston, Galileo, A Life, HarperCollins, NY, 1994, p 461.:

    Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

  5. Lopez Obrador:

    We are going to purify public life in Mexico.

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  • Natash Masinga
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    I like this blood purifying because it helps the skin make skin tyt
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