Part of speech: verb
Origin: Middle English, 14th century
Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.
Examples of Edify in a sentence
"The professor looked forward to the chance to edify her students."
"My parents wished to edify me in multiple languages from an early age."
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Edify came from the Latin words "aedis" (dwelling) and "facere" (make), which means building a structure. Your 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 practices into a religious congregation. However, anyone trying to instill a moral or intellectual concept is practicing edification.