Edify meaning

ĕdə-fī
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.

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To instruct in such a way as to improve, enlighten, or uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually.
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(archaic) To build; establish.
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(now rare) To build, construct.
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To instruct especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement.
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Origin of edify

  • Middle English edifien from Old French edifier from Late Latin aedificāre to instruct spiritually from Latin to build edifice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French edifier (“to build, to edify”), from Latin aedificare (“build”).

    From Wiktionary