from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To rid of impurities; cleanse.
- transitive v. To rid of foreign or objectionable elements.
- transitive v. To free from sin, guilt, or other defilement.
- intransitive v. To become clean or pure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cleanse (something), or rid (it) of impurities
- v. To free (someone) from guilt or sin
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter
- transitive v. Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement.
- transitive v. To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.
- transitive v. To free from improprieties or barbarisms.
- intransitive v. To grow or become pure or clear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make pure or clear; free from contamination or extraneous admixture: as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
- To make ceremonially clean; cleanse or free from whatever pollutes or renders ceremonially unclean and unfit for sacred service.
- To free from guilt, or the defilement of sin; free from whatever is sinful, vile, or base.
- To elevate and free from barbarisms or inelegances: as, to purify a language.
- To grow or become pure or clear.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make pure or free from sin or guilt
- v. become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin
- v. remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
Middle English purifien, from Old French purifier, from Latin pūrificāre : pūrus, clean; see pure + -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)