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edify (v.)

mid-14c., "to build, construct," also, in figurative use, "to build up morally or in faith," from Old French edefiier (12c., Modern French édifier) "build; install; teach, instruct (morally)," from Latin aedificare "to build, construct," in Late Latin "improve spiritually, instruct" (see edifice). Related: Edified; edifying.

Origin and meaning of edify

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Definitions of edify from WordNet

edify (v.)
make understand;
Synonyms: enlighten
From wordnet.princeton.edu