purify

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[Pu┬Ěri*fy]

To purify something is to remove dirt, chemicals, or anything else that it's contaminated with. You might decide to purify your tap water if it tastes like chlorine.

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To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.

Verb
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water"

Verb
make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery purified"

Verb
become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin; "The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify"


v. t.
To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.

v. t.
Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart.

v. t.
To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.

v. t.
To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.

v. i.
To grow or become pure or clear.


Purify

Pu"ri*fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Purifying .] [F.purifier, L. purificare; purus pure + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Pure, and -fy.] 1. To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air. 2. Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart.
And fit them so Purified to receive him pure.
(b) To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.
And Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, . . . and purified the altar.
Purify both yourselves and your captives.
(c) To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language. Sprat.

Purify

Pu"ri*fy, v. i. To grow or become pure or clear.

To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.

To grow or become pure or clear.

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Usage Examples

There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.

Love is never lost. If not reciprocated, it will flow back and soften and purify the heart.

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Other Usage Examples

Sorrows gather around great souls as storms do around mountains but, like them, they break the storm and purify the air of the plain beneath them.

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

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