- 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.
- Hence, in figurative uses: (a) To free from guilt or moral defilement; as, to purify the heart.
- To free from ceremonial or legal defilement.
- To free from improprieties or barbarisms; as, to purify a language.
- To grow or become pure or clear.