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 harmful substances from it

The rooms are fitted with systems that purify the air and water.

2)
a) to make a person holy or without evil

the need to purify the soul

b) to make something fit to be used for religious purposes

holy vessels purified by a priest


Derived word:
purifier
noun countable
Word forms "purifier":
singular purifier plural purifiers

an air purifier


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • 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

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

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  • 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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