Definition of dignify in English:

dignify

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪgnɪfʌɪ
 
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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?
    Synonyms
    distinguish, add distinction to, add dignity to, honour, bestow honour on, grace, adorn, exalt, enhance, add lustre to, magnify, ennoble, glorify, elevate, make lofty, aggrandize, upgrade
  • 1.1Give an impressive name to (someone or something unworthy of it): 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.

Origin

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

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