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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: serving to purge or rid of sin; "purgatorial rites" [syn: purgatorial,
      2: freeing from noxious matter; "filtration is a purifying
         agent" [ant: adulterating]
      3: acting like an antiseptic [syn: cleansing]