What does edify mean?

Definitions for edifyˈɛd ə faɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word edify.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enlighten, edify(verb)

    make understand

    "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"


  1. edify(Verb)

    To build, construct.

  2. edify(Verb)

    To instruct or improve morally or intellectually.

  3. Origin: Latin aedificare 'build'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Edify(verb)

    to build; to construct

  2. Edify(verb)

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

  3. Edify(verb)

    to teach or persuade

  4. Edify(verb)

    to improve

  5. Origin: [F. difier, L. aedificare; aedes a building, house, orig., a fireplace (akin to Gr. to burn, Skr. idh to kindle, OHG. eit funeral pile, AS. d, OIr. aed fire) + facere to make. See Fact, -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Edify

    ed′i-fī, v.t. to build: to build up the faith of: to strengthen spiritually towards faith and holiness: to comfort: to improve the mind:—pr.p. ed′ifying; pa.p. ed′ified.n. Edificā′tion, instruction: progress in knowledge or in goodness.—adj. Ed′ificatory, tending to edification.—n. Ed′ifice, a large building or house.—adj. Edific′ial, structural.—n. Ed′ifier, one who edifies.—adj. Ed′ifying, instructive: improving.—adv. Ed′ifyingly. [Fr. édifier—L. ædificāreædes, a house, facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of edify in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of edify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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