verb (dignifies, dignifying, dignified)[with object]
- 1Make (something) seem worthy and impressive: the Americans had dignified their departure with a ceremonyMore example sentences
- 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?
- 1.1Give an impressive name to (someone or something unworthy of it): dumps are increasingly dignified as landfillsMore example sentences
- 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'.