- To edify is defined as to instruct someone in way that enlightens them or uplifts them morally, spiritually or intellectually.
An example of edify is when you educate someone about a complex religious subject.
transitive verbedified, edifying
- to instruct in such a way as to improve, enlighten, or uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually
- Archaic to build; establish
Origin of edifyMiddle English edifien ; from Old French edifier ; from Classical Latin aedificare, to build, construct (in Ecclesiastical Late Latin to edify) ; from aedes, a dwelling, house, temple, origin, originally , hearth, fireplace ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ai-dh-, to burn (from source Classical Greek aithein, to burn, Old English ad, pyre) + -ficare ; from facere, to make, do
transitive verbed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing, ed·i·fies
Origin of edifyMiddle English edifien, from Old French edifier, from Late Latin aedificāre, to instruct spiritually, from Latin, to build; see edifice.
(third-person singular simple present edifies, present participle edifying, simple past and past participle edified)