verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English purifien, from Anglo-French purifier, from Latin purificare, from Latin purus + -ificare -ify Date: 14th century transitive verb to make pure: as a. to clear from material defilement or imperfection b. to free from guilt or moral or ceremonial blemish c. to free from undesirable elements intransitive verb to grow or become pure or clean • purifier noun

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purify — may refer to: * Purification, the act or process of purifying * IBM Rational Purify, in computing, debugger software …   Wikipedia

  • Purify — Pu ri*fy, v. i. To grow or become pure or clear. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purify — index decontaminate, expurgate, fix (repair), meliorate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • purify — c.1300, free from spiritual pollution, from O.Fr. purifier (12c.), from L. purificare to make pure, from purus pure (see PURE (Cf. pure)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Meaning free from extraneous matter is recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • purify — [v] free; make clean absolve, aerate, aerify, atone, chasten, clarify, clean, cleanse, clear, decontaminate, deodorize, depurate, deterge, disinfect, edulcorate, elutriate, exculpate, exonerate, expiate, filter, fumigate, lustrate, oxygenate,… …   New thesaurus

  • purify — ► VERB (purifies, purified) ▪ remove contaminants from; make pure. DERIVATIVES purification noun purifier noun …   English terms dictionary

  • purify — [pyoor′ə fī΄] vt. purified, purifying [ME purifien < OFr purifier < L purificare: see PURE & FY] 1. to rid of impurities or pollution 2. to free from guilt, sin, or ceremonial uncleanness 3. to free from incorrect or corrupting elements …   English World dictionary

  • purify — UK [ˈpjʊərɪfaɪ] / US [ˈpjʊrəfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms purify : present tense I/you/we/they purify he/she/it purifies present participle purifying past tense purified past participle purified 1) to make something clean by removing dirty or …   English dictionary

  • purify — [c]/ˈpjurəfaɪ / (say pyoohruhfuy) verb (purified, purifying) –verb (t) 1. to make pure; free from extraneous matter, or from anything that debases, pollutes, or contaminates: to purify metals. 2. to free from foreign or objectionable elements: to …   Australian English dictionary

  • purify — purification, n. purificatory /pyoo rif i keuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. purifier, n. /pyoor euh fuy /, v., purified, purifying. v.t. 1. to make pure; free from anything that debases, pollutes, adulterates, or contaminates: to purify metals. 2. to… …   Universalium

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