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[pyoo r-uh-fahy] /ˈpyʊər əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), purified, purifying.
to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates:
to purify metals.
to free from foreign, extraneous, or objectionable elements:
to purify a language.
to free from guilt or evil.
to clear or purge (usually followed by of or from).
to make clean for ceremonial or ritual use.
verb (used without object), purified, purifying.
to become pure.
Origin of purify
1250-1300; Middle English purifien < Middle French purifier < Latin pūrificāre. See pure, -ify
Related forms
purification, noun
[pyoo-rif-i-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /pyʊˈrɪf ɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
purifier, noun
nonpurification, noun
nonpurifying, adjective
repurification, noun
repurify, verb, repurified, repurifying.
self-purifying, adjective
unpurified, adjective
unpurifying, adjective Unabridged
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  • "We have an Islamic government, an interior ministry trying to purify its image, and a conservative masculine society," he says.

  • From just past the city limits came Ernest Hemingway to purify the American language and create another heroic legend.

    Obamaville Don Rose November 5, 2008
  • “I picture scientists finding new ways to purify water, or diagnose disease,” Sindi says.

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British Dictionary definitions for purify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to free (something) of extraneous, contaminating, or debasing matter
(transitive) to free (a person, etc) from sin or guilt
(transitive) to make clean, as in a ritual, esp the churching of women after childbirth
Derived Forms
purification, noun
purificatory (ˈpjʊərɪfɪˌkeɪtərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French purifier, from Late Latin pūrificāre to cleanse, from pūrus pure + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for purify

early 14c., "free from spiritual pollution," from Old French purefier "purify, cleanse, refine" (12c.), from Latin purificare "to make pure," from purus "pure" (see pure) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from mid-15c. Related: Purified; purifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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purify in Technology

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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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