AskDefine | Define edify

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

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Latin aedificare 'build'.


  • /ˈɛdɪfaɪ/, /"EdIfaI/


  1. To instruct or improve morally or intellectually.
    • 1813, The Connecticut Evangelical Magazine, Vol. VI, page 455
      That they ought to edify one another by maintaining and promoting the knowledge of truth.

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acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, better, boost, bring forward, broaden the mind, catechize, civilize, demonstrate, direct, educate, elevate, elucidate, emend, enhance, enlighten, enrich, fatten, favor, forward, foster, give instruction, give lessons in, go straight, ground, guide, illume, illumine, improve, improve upon, inform, instruct, irradiate, lard, lift, make an improvement, meliorate, mend, nurture, open the eyes, promote, raise, reeducate, refine upon, reform, school, set right, sharpen the wits, show, show how, socialize, straighten out, teach, teach a lesson, teach the rudiments, transfigure, transform, upgrade, uplift
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