// The speaker's words edified the graduating class, giving them hope and encouragement.
// As they grew older, the children realized their grandfather embellished the stories of his travels abroad.
// The gift shop had cowboy shirts and hats embellished with beads and stitching.
"Well, I've always wanted to write a children's book. This is just partly based on a story I used to tell Krishna, my daughter, when she was going to bed at night, but we just embellished it and embellished it." — Padma Lakshmi, quoted in Bon Appétit, 27 May 2021
Edify comes from the Latin verb aedificare, meaning "to instruct or improve spiritually"; it is based on aedes, the word for "temple." Edify shares the spiritual meaning of its Latin root, but it is also used in general contexts to refer to the act of instructing in a way that improves the mind or character overall.