Purify Pu"ri*fy (p[=u]"r[i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Purified} (p[=u]"r[i^]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Purifying} (p[=u]"r[i^]*f[imac]"[i^]ng).] [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. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart. [1913 Webster]

And fit them so Purified to receive him pure. --Milton. [1913 Webster] (b) To free from ceremonial or legal defilement. [1913 Webster]

And Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, . . . and purified the altar. --Lev. viii. 15. [1913 Webster]

Purify both yourselves and your captives. -- Num. xxxi. 19. [1913 Webster] (c) To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language. --Sprat. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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