Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb purify

3 senses of purify

Sense 1
purify, sublimate, make pure, distill -- (remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation; "purify the water")
       => better, improve, amend, ameliorate, meliorate -- (to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes")

Sense 2
purify, purge, sanctify -- (make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery purified")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 3
purify -- (become clean or pure or free of guilt and sin; "The hippies came to the ashram in order to purify")
       => change -- (undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night")

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