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
It also skirts around aedificare and hence the English "edify" - to improve spiritually.
Richard Rorty characterises 20th century philosophy as a distinction between those that 'edify' and those that 'systematise'.
The aim of all Christian worship is to bring us nearer to God and to Christ -- not merely to touch our heart, or soothe our conscience, or improve our minds, but to "edify" us -- that is, to build us up in faith and holiness and comfort unto salvation.
The aim which should ever burn clear before us, and preside over even our smallest actions, is that which lies in this misused old word, 'edify' yourselves.
( "edify"), by removing those things which are hindrances to edification, and testing what is unsound, and putting together all that is true in the building [Chrysostom].
"edify," literally, "build up," namely, in faith, hope, and love, by discoursing together on such edifying topics as the Lord's coming, and the glory of the saints (Mal 3: 16).
The King Memorial, and Alpha's effort to edify the legacy of one of its own, cast a spotlight on the fraternity's ideals and the manifestation of those ideals.
As if someone sitting under a palapa all day can edify us on the merits of drug legalization. johanson
So, in that spirit and in an effort to temporarily edify and embitter you, my many readers like most primitive people -- and I am a primitive people -- I know only the numbers "1", "2" and "many", I'd like to share the resolutions I plan to make this coming New Year:
But there's a problem: most of the resources that exist today to edify my friends and neighbors are still reflective of the myopic notion that schools can be meaningfully ranked according to a single measure -- test scores.