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.
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]