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edify

Definition:

to make understand

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Related to:

edification

Past tense:

edified

Present participle:

edifying

3rd-person singular present:

edifies

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

The performance is likely to edify her.

Synonyms:

enlighten

Etymology:

Middle English edifien from Old French edifier from Latin aedificare, to build,...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

edify [transitive] | edifier [noun, derived]

to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, especially by instruction (10 of 391 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/edify

Merriam-Webster:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | build [synonym, sense-specific] | uplift [synonym, sense-specific] | inform [synonym, sense-specific] | establish [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | enlighten [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] "build" ; "establish" | to instruct and improve especially in moral and religious knowledge; "uplift" ; also, "enlighten", "inform" (19 of 145 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/edify

Oxford Dictionary:

edify [transitive, formal] | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually (7 of 76 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/edify

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Syllabification: (ed·i·fy) | [transitive, formal] | instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually. (11 of 72 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/edify

New World Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifier [noun, related]

to instruct in such a way as to improve, enlighten, or uplift morally, spiritually, or intellectually | [archaic] to build; establish (20 of 72 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/edify

American Heritage Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present] | edifier [noun, related]

To instruct especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement. (12 of 44 words, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

edify [transitive, formal] | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

to teach someone something that increases their knowledge or improves their character (12 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/edify

Wiktionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present] | ædify [archaic, sense-specific]

[rare] To build, construct. | [transitive] To instruct or improve morally or intellectually. (12 of 35 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/edify

Random House Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle]

to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift. (9 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/edify

Cambridge Dictionary:

edify [formal]

to improve someone's mind (4 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/edify

Wikipedia:

Enlightenment [disambiguation]

may refer to: Age of Enlightenment, period in Western intellectual history from the late 17th to the late 18th centuries, centered in France but also encompassing: Scottish Enlightenment, period in 18th century Scotland | American Enlightenment, ... (35 of 354 words, 24 definitions)

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Encarta Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

to improve the morals or knowledge of somebody (8 of 49 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607527​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle]

Origin: Middle English edifien from Old French edifier from Latin aedificare, to build, construct (in ecclesiastical Late Latin to edify) ... (19 of 50 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French edifier, from Late Latin and Latin; Late Latin aedificare to instruct or improve spiritually, from ... (21 of 40 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/edify

Online Etymology:

edify

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "to build, construct", also, in figurative use, "to build up morally or in faith", from Old French edefiier "build, install, teach, instruct ... (24 of 37 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=edify

Oxford Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificare "build", from aedis "dwelling" + facere "make" (compare ... (17 of 34 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/edify

American Heritage Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English edifien, from Old French edifier, from Late Latin aedificāre, to instruct spiritually, from Latin, to build; see "edifice".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/edify

Collins Dictionary:

edify [transitive]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre to construct, from aedēs a dwelling, temple + facere to make

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/edify

Wiktionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin aedificare 'build'.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/edify

Encarta Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French édifier from Latin aedificare "build, construct, instruct" from aedis "building, temple" + facere "make"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607527​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

edify [transitive]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "edify"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/edify

Macmillan British Dictionary:

edify [transitive, formal] | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "edify"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/edify

Macmillan American Dictionary:

edify [transitive, formal] | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "edify"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/edify

Cambridge Dictionary:

edify [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "edify"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "edify"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/edify

the Free Dictionary:

edify

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "edify"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "edify"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "edify" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

edify | edified [past tense] | edifying [present participle] | edifies [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "edify"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

edify

Audio: North American pronunciation of "edify"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=edify​001 word=edify

YourDictionary Audio:

edify

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "edify" by speech synthesizer

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