To instruct especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement.
Origin of edify
Middle English edifienfrom Old French edifierfrom Late Latin aedificāreto instruct spirituallyfrom Latin to buildedifice
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French edifier (“to build, to edify”), from Latinaedificare (“build”).
Edify Sentence Examples
Edify for others, that's why he says "He that prophesies edifies the church."
Sermons that edify are well attended; and his parishioners are as much edified by his good example as by his excellent discourses.
He did not pronounce windy orations about things that did not concern or edify them.
More serious, however, than this excessive love of synchronism is his almost pedantic anxiety to edify.
Many of his general exhortations are but very indirectly connected with the practical issue to which the epistle is directed, and it is very probable that he was drawing largely upon the homiletical material with which he was accustomed to edify his fellow-Christians at Rome.