Definition of dignify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdiɡnəˌfī/

verb (dignifies, dignifying, dignified)

[with object]
1Make (something) seem worthy and impressive: the Americans had dignified their departure with a ceremony
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  • But what could be better than a biblical ingredient for enhancing and dignifying the material?
  • The outcome is a series of eye-catching shelters that enhance and dignify bus travel and make a strong statement in the urban environment.
  • What's causing you to dignify it by acting as if it's a worthy endeavor rather than yet another unnecessary cash-in attempt?
ennoble, enhance, distinguish, add distinction to, honor, grace, exalt, magnify, glorify, elevate
1.1Give an impressive name to (someone or something that one considers worthless): dumps are increasingly dignified as landfills
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  • Doctrine aside, it seemed strange to me that he would choose the word ‘closet’ to dignify Mary; or, to put it the other way around, that something as mundane as a closet could be sanctified.
  • Malnutrition was epidemic and medical care, if it can be dignified as such, was virtually useless in those rare instances when it was available.
  • We are granted a glimpse of another world, a world that we share with the animals, who are dignified as antagonists, worshipped as totems and pursued as quarry.


Late Middle English: from Old French dignefier, from late Latin dignificare, from Latin dignus 'worthy'.

  • deign from Middle English:

    To deign is to do something that you consider beneath your dignity, and the word is bound up with ‘dignity’. It goes back to Latin dignare ‘to judge to be worthy’, which was formed from dignus ‘worthy’, the source of dignity (Middle English), and dignify (Late Middle English), and the negative disdain (Middle English) ‘consider unworthy’.

Words that rhyme with dignify


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Syllabification: dig·ni·fy

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