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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English, 14th century


Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.

Examples of Edify in a sentence

"The new professor was eager for the chance to edify students."

"My parents wanted to edify me in multiple languages from an early age."

About Edify

Edify came from the Latin words "aedis" ("dwelling") and "facere" ("make"), which, combined, mean "building a structure." One's moral structure may not be a physical building, but it's no less sturdy.

Did you Know?

A clergyman's sermon attempts to edify an audience, usually by instilling moral ideals into a congregation. However, anyone instructing on a moral or intellectual concept is practicing edification (the noun form of the verb "edify").

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