purify

To purify something is to remove dirt, chemicals, or anything else that it's contaminated with. You might decide to purify your tap water if it tastes like chlorine.

While scientists purify various chemicals during experiments, the substance that people most often purify is water. Water needs to be treated before it's safe to drink, and cities purify the water they send out to people's houses. You can also use the verb purify in a figurative way, to mean "make ritually or religiously clean or pure." This is the word's earliest meaning, from the Latin root purificare, "to make pure."

Definitions of purify
  1. verb
    remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
    purify the water”
    synonyms: distill, make pure, sublimate
    distil, distill
    undergo the process of distillation
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    types:
    rectify, refine
    reduce to a fine, unmixed, or pure state; separate from extraneous matter or cleanse from impurities
    purge
    rid of impurities
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  2. verb
    make pure or free from sin or guilt
    “he left the monastery purified
    synonyms: purge, sanctify
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    spiritualise, spiritualize
    purify from the corrupting influences of the world
    lustrate
    purify by means of a ritual; also used in post-Communist countries to refer to the political cleansing of former officials
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin
    “The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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