Meaning of “edify” in the English Dictionary

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"edify" in British English

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edifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈed.ɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈed.ə.faɪ/ formal

Examples from literature

  • As an impartial historian, I consider it my duty to notice their several theories, by which mankind have been so exceedingly edified and instructed. 
  • He did not pronounce windy orations about things that did not concern or edify them. 
  • He himself has expressed some part of his thoughts on that subject, and we cannot read them without being edified. 
  • The history of Congress is strewn with oratorical derelicts, who have often edified their auditors, but quite as often blocked the course of legislation. 

(Definition of “edify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)