1. To make pure or clear from material defilement, admixture, or imperfection; to free from extraneous or noxious matter; as, to purify liquors or metals; to purify the blood; to purify the air.
2. Hence, in figurative uses: To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart. And fit them so Purified to receive him pure. (milton)
To free from ceremonial or legal defilement. And Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, . . . And purified the altar. (Lev. Viii. 15) Purify both yourselves and your captives. (Num. Xxxi. 19)
To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.
Origin: F.purifier, L. Purificare; purus pure _ -ficare (in comp) to make. See Pure, and -fy.