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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To think about or express moral judgments or reflections.
  • transitive v. To interpret or explain the moral meaning of.
  • transitive v. To improve the morals of; reform.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
  • v. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
  • v. To render moral; to correct the morals of.
  • v. To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
  • v. To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To apply to a moral purpose; to explain in a moral sense; to draw a moral from.
  • transitive v. To furnish with moral lessons, teachings, or examples; to lend a moral to.
  • transitive v. To render moral; to correct the morals of.
  • transitive v. To give a moral quality to; to affect the moral quality of, either for better or worse.
  • intransitive v. To make moral reflections; to regard acts and events as involving a moral.
  • intransitive v. to lecture to a person in a manner asserting moral principles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To apply to a moral purpose, or to explain in a moral sense; draw a moral from; found moral reflections on.
  • To supply with a moral or practical lesson; furnish with edifying examples.
  • To exemplify the moral of: as, to moralize a fable.
  • To render moral; give a moral character to.
  • To affect strongly the moral or religious sense of; bring into a state of intense moral or religious feeling.
  • To make moral reflections; draw practical lessons from the facts of life.
  • To have an influence, especially a beneficial influence, on morals.
  • Also spelled moralise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. speak as if delivering a sermon; express moral judgements
  • v. interpret the moral meaning of
  • v. improve the morals of

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