pu·ri·fy [pyoor-uh-fahy] (previously 05-24-13)
verb (used with object)
1. to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals.
2. to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements: to purify a language.
3. to free from guilt or evil.
4. to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from ).
5. to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.
verb (used without object)
6. to become pure.
pu·rif·i·ca·to·ry [pyoo-rif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
re·pu·ri·fy, verb, re·pu·ri·fied, re·pu·ri·fy·ing.
absolve, atone, wash, lustrate, fumigate, expiate, purge, decontaminate, sanitize, exculpate, aerate, oxygenate, clarify, redeem, shrive, cleanse, exonerate, chasten, sublimate, deodorize
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Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English purifien < Middle French purifier < Latin purificare. See pure, -ify
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