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purify

pu·ri·fy

purify

 
 
pronunciation:
pyuh rih faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: purified, purifies, purifying
definition 1: to free from dirt, contamination, or other unwanted elements.
synonyms:
decontaminate, sanitize
antonyms:
adulterate, contaminate, corrupt, defile, pollute, soil, taint
similar words:
clarify, clean, cleanse, clear, deodorize, disinfect, distill, filter, freshen, isolate, purge, rarefy, refine, sterilize
definition 2: to rid of guilt and sin; make spiritually pure.
synonyms:
cleanse, purge, sanctify
antonyms:
pollute
similar words:
absolve, chasten, consecrate, exculpate, exonerate, redeem, rid, wash
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become pure.
synonyms:
purge
similar words:
clear, rarefy
derivations: purification (n.), purifier (n.)
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The word purify contains the following part:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify , Frenchify ) or noun (citify , zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy , putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.