[ UK /ˈɛdɪfˌa‍ɪ/ ]
[ US /ˈɛdəˌfaɪ/ ]
  1. make understand
    Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal
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How To Use edify In A Sentence

  • As an unrepentant internet devotee, I spend a lot of time rootling around cyberspace seeking out the edifying and unusual.
  • They are very nice examples of the gothic form, employing noble materials, good colour and detailing, and in edifying proportions. Solemn Mass at Ss. Gregory and Augustine Oratory, St. Louis Abbey
  • We were treated to the unedifying spectacle of two cabinet ministers fighting over a seat.
  • Not very edifying but he would not be the first player to have gone to such extremes. The Sun
  • The Portuguese monarch praises in round terms the edifying zeal of the primate, but wisely confined himself to his own crusades in India, which were likely to make better returns, at least in this world, than those to Palestine. The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic — Volume 3
  • There are about 220 students following the courses and the epistolary relationship with the students is both edifying and gratifying.
  • Socinians, and Quakers: all of whom Kettledrummle proposed, by one sweeping act, to expel from the land, and thus re-edify in its integrity the beauty of the sanctuary. Old Mortality
  • And then the king, to give relation to him of his penance, enjoined by Leo his predecessor, to re-edify a monastery of the glorious apostle S. Peter, and sent Alfred, the archbishop of York, to The Golden Legend, vol. 6
  • None of this was particularly edifying, but at least it singled out the middle years as the trickiest. Times, Sunday Times
  • Watching husbands and wives and children all screaming at each other and acting like a ravening pack of spoiled brats for an hour is pretty unedifying stuff.
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