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English verb: purify

1. purify (change) remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation

SamplesPurify the water.

Synonymsdistill, make pure, sublimate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)purge, rectify, refine

Verb groupdistil, distill

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

2. purify (change) make pure or free from sin or guilt

SamplesHe left the monastery purified.

Synonymspurge, sanctify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)lustrate, spiritualise, spiritualize

3. purify (change) become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin

SamplesThe hippies came to the ashram in order to purify.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

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