Pu·ri·fy, v. i. To grow or become pure or clear.
Pu·ri·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Purified p. pr. & vb. n. Purifying ]
1. To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
2. Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart.
And fit them so
Purified to receive him pure. --Milton.
(b) To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.
And Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, . . . and purified the altar. --Lev. viii. 15.
Purify both yourselves and your captives. -- Num. xxxi. 19.
(c) To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.
v 1: remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and
separate through the process of distillation; "purify
the water" [syn: sublimate, make pure, distill]
2: make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery
purified" [syn: purge, sanctify]
3: become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin; "The hippies
came to the ashram in order to purify"