Definition of edify in English:

edify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]formal
  • Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.

    • ‘Note that the early church's priorities were to worship God and to edify the brethren.’
    • ‘Here is material to edify, instruct and challenge.’
    • ‘Let the one in books that speak the truth edify religious men, and the other in lying fables delight impure demons.’
    • ‘Both disciplines understood their purpose to be the evocation and presentation of intended affections, thereby to persuade and to edify the listener.’
    • ‘But there are some who desire to know that they may edify others, and that is praiseworthy; and there are some who desire to know that they themselves may be edified, and that is wise.’
    • ‘Up until World War 2, practically all evangelical churches held two preaching services every Sunday; one aimed at edifying the church; the other at converting sinners.’
    • ‘We are much edified by her Christian character, and feel it is a privilege to have her under our roof.’
    • ‘In such a church the believer cannot be edified, for the Word of God had been set aside.’
    • ‘Second, however theoretical a work was at times, classical theologians ever retained their pastoral eye for the way doctrine edifies the saints.’
    • ‘The march is completed with four appendixes aimed at edifying the non-expert on military organization, the conduct of war, weapons used in World War II, and a short bibliographic essay.’
    • ‘Besides evangelizing the lost and edifying the saved, shouldn't the church also be the conscience for the community?’
    • ‘Music has two purposes: 1) to worship and glorify God; 2) to edify and build up Christians.’
    • ‘Some are called to sow, others to reap some are eminently qualified to awaken sinners, others to edify saints.’
    • ‘Is it my chief design, in choosing my subject, and composing my sermon, to edify the souls of men?’
    • ‘Modern Catholic theologians can find in Luther's writings an authentically Christian voice whose witness to a common gospel can edify as well as irritate Catholic readers.’
    • ‘He wants a mural that will edify, inspire, or entertain; the artist wants license to experiment and thereby ‘extend human sensitiveness through paint’.’
    • ‘They are to edify the saints of God - to guard them from error, teach them right ways, encourage them to seek love and unity among themselves, enable them to grow in faith and in the knowledge of Christ.’
    educate, instruct, teach, school, tutor, coach, train, guide
    enlighten, inform, cultivate, develop, inculcate, indoctrinate, improve, better, uplift, elevate
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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 or spiritually.

Pronunciation:

edify

/ˈedəˌfī/