To edify is defined as to instruct someone in way that enlightens them or uplifts them morally, spiritually or intellectually.(verb)
An example of edify is when you educate someone about a complex religious subject.
See edify in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME edifien < OFr edifier < L aedificare, to build, construct (in LL(Ec) to edify) < aedes, a dwelling, house, temple, orig., hearth, fireplace < IE base *ai-dh-, to burn (> Gr aithein, to burn, OE ad, pyre) + -ficare < facere, to make, do
See edify in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing, ed·i·fies
Origin: Middle English edifien
Origin: , from Old French edifier
Origin: , from Late Latin aedificāre, to instruct spiritually
Origin: , from Latin, to build; see edifice.
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