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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ed·i·fy v. i. [imp. & p. p. Edified p. pr. & vb. n. Edifying.]
 1. To build; to construct. [Archaic]
    There was a holy chapel edified.   --Spenser.
 2. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.
    It does not appear probable that our dispute [about miracles] would either edify or enlighten the public.   --Gibbon.
 3. To teach or persuade. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ed·i·fy·ing a. Instructing; improving; as, an edifying conversation. -- Ed*i*fy*ing*ly, adv. -- Ed*i*fy*ing*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or
            moral improvement; "the paintings in the church served
            an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"
            [syn: enlightening] [ant: unedifying]