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 for edify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Edify \Ed"i*fy\, v. i.
     To improve. [R.] --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Edify \Ed"i*fy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Edified; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Edifying.] [F. ['e]difier, L. aedificare; aedes a building,
     house, orig., a fireplace (akin to Gr. ? to burn, Skr. idh to
     kindle, OHG. eit funeral pile, AS. [=a]d, OIr. aed fire) +
     facere to make. See Fact, -fy.]
     1. To build; to construct. [Archaic]
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              There was a holy chapel edified.      --Spenser.
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     2. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious
        knowledge; to teach.
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              It does not appear probable that our dispute [about
              miracles] would either edify or enlighten the
              public.                               --Gibbon.
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     3. To teach or persuade. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make understand; "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand
           this proposal" [syn: enlighten, edify]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "edify":
     acculturate, advance, ameliorate, amend, better, boost,
     bring forward, broaden the mind, catechize, civilize, demonstrate,
     direct, educate, elevate, elucidate, emend, enhance, enlighten,
     enrich, fatten, favor, forward, foster, give instruction,
     give lessons in, go straight, ground, guide, illume, illumine,
     improve, improve upon, inform, instruct, irradiate, lard, lift,
     make an improvement, meliorate, mend, nurture, open the eyes,
     promote, raise, reeducate, refine upon, reform, school, set right,
     sharpen the wits, show, show how, socialize, straighten out, teach,
     teach a lesson, teach the rudiments, transfigure, transform,
     upgrade, uplift

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