from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To instruct especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To build, construct.
- v. To instruct or improve morally or intellectually.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To build; to construct.
- intransitive v. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.
- intransitive v. To teach or persuade.
- intransitive v. To improve.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To build; construct.
- To build in or upon; cover with buildings.
- To build up or increase the faith, morality, etc., of; impart instruction to, particularly in morals or religion.
- To convince or persuade.
- To benefit; favor.
- To cause or tend to cause moral or intellectual improvement; make people wiser or better.
- To be instructed or improved, especially morally; become wiser or better.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make understand
Middle English edifien, from Old French edifier, from Late Latin aedificāre, to instruct spiritually, from Latin, to build; see edifice.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin aedificare 'build'. (Wiktionary)