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Definition of purify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they purify
    he / she / it purifies
    past simple purified
    -ing form purifying
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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 quart of water.
  2. 2purify somebody/something/yourself to make someone 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) (technology) to take a pure form of a substance out of another substance that contains it
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noun [uncountable] a water purification plant
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