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Definition of purify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    purify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purify
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it purifies
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple purified
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle purified
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form purifying
    BrE BrE//ˈpjʊərɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjʊrɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1purify something to make something pure by removing substances that are dirty, harmful or not wanted One tablet will purify a litre of water The extract was purified by chromatography.
  2. 2purify somebody/something/yourself to make somebody pure by removing evil from their souls Hindus purify themselves by bathing in the River Ganges. to purify the soul
  3. 3purify something (from something) (specialist) to take a pure form of a substance out of another substance that contains it
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French purifier, from Latin purificare, from purus ‘pure’.
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