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

 

edify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈedɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they edify
BrE BrE//ˈedɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it edifies
BrE BrE//ˈedɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfaɪz//
 
past simple edified
BrE BrE//ˈedɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfaɪd//
 
past participle edified
BrE BrE//ˈedɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form edifying
BrE BrE//ˈedɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] edify somebody (formal) to improve people’s minds or characters by teaching them about something It is not clear whether the purpose is to edify, or simply to make money. No doubt Hamish will edify us on the subject. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificare ‘build’, from aedis ‘dwelling’ + facere ‘make’ (compare with edifice). The word originally meant ‘construct a building’, also ‘strengthen’, hence to “build up” morally.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: edify