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
- intransitive v. To grow or become pure or clear.
- 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.
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
Tekroury, from the verb تكرر: meaning to renew, improve and purify, that is to say, their faith and learning by the pilgrimage.
According to legend, the act of riding the horses through the bonfires is meant to "purify" them, much like a traditional baptism.
But if you're willing to sacrifice those things to "purify" the Democratic party then you're obviously more concerned with chest-thumping than actual results.
The commander said other motives include a desire by extremist groups to "purify" Iraq of people they perceive as infidels, or their association of Christians with U.S. forces.
The Iranian crisis and China's efforts to "purify" the Internet have lent urgency to the cause.
The intolerance and belligerence of these groups find their ideological partner in the violent, Hindu nationalist groups who feel compelled to "purify" India by removing its "unclean" minorities.
Should MoveOn start trying to "purify" the Dem Party, I would be my life's savings that the Dems will suffer the same fate as the current GOP.
Following a call from President Hu Jintao in January to "purify" the Internet, the ruling Communist Party will introduce new regulations targeting blogs and webcasts, one of the nation's chief censors was cited as saying.
In January, Hu made a similar call to "purify" it, and there have been many such calls before.
Somehow the crazy radicals that have the Republicans in a death grip think that only if they "purify" their party that the Americans will return the Republicans to power.