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purify (v.)

mid-14c., purifien, "to free from spiritual pollution," from Old French purefier "purify, cleanse, refine" (12c.), from Latin purificare "to make pure," from purus "pure" (see pure) + combining form of facere "to make" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). Meaning "free from extraneous matter" is recorded from late 14c. Related: Purified; purifying.

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Definitions of purify from WordNet

purify (v.)
remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation;
purify the water
Synonyms: sublimate / make pure / distill
purify (v.)
make pure or free from sin or guilt;
he left the monastery purified
Synonyms: purge / sanctify
purify (v.)
become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin;
The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify
From wordnet.princeton.edu