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re- +‎ edify: compare French réédifier, Latin reaedificare.


reedify (third-person singular simple present reedifies, present participle reedifying, simple past and past participle reedified)

  1. (transitive) To edify anew; to build again after destruction.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book XII”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC, lines 347-352:
      Return'd from Babylon by leave of kings / Their lords, whom God dispos'd, the houfe of God / They first re-edify ; and for a while / In mean estate live moderate ; till, grown / In wealth and multitude, factious they grow :

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for reedify in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)