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pu·ri·fy

purify

 
 
pronunciation:
pyuh rih faI
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part of speech: verb
inflections: purifies, purifying, purified
definition: to make clean or pure.
Use a filter to purify water before you drink it.
antonyms:
contaminate, pollute, soil
similar words:
clarify, clean, cleanse, clear, disinfect, filter, freshen, refine
derivations: purification (n.), purifier (n.)
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The word purify contains the following part:
-fy, -ify, -efy Latin verb-forming suffix that means make, cause to be, become
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The suffix group -fy , -ify , -efy forms verbs from primarily Latin bases. When -ify attaches to an English base, the base is an adjective (uglify, Frenchify) or noun (citify, zombify) usually having one syllable or two syllables ending in |i|. Verbs ending in -fy have corresponding noun forms ending in -ion: as a rule, -ify becomes -ification (verify , verification); -efy becomes -efaction (putrefy, putrefaction). See also fac, fic, fec, fact, fect.