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dignify

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verb dig·ni·fy \ˈdig-nə-ˌfī\

Simple Definition of dignify

  • : to cause (something) to have more serious and important quality : to give dignity or importance to (something)

  • : to treat (something or someone) with respect or seriousness that is not deserved

Full Definition of dignify

dig·ni·fieddig·ni·fy·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give distinction to :  ennoble

  3. 2 :  to confer dignity upon; also :  to give undue attention or status to <won't dignify that remark with a reply>

Examples of dignify

  1. She felt that formal clothing would help dignify the occasion.

  2. He said he wouldn't dignify his opponents' accusations by responding to them.



Origin of dignify

Middle English dignifien, from Middle French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificare, from Latin dignus worthy — more at decent


First Known Use: 15th century

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DIGNIFY Defined for Kids

dignify

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verb dig·ni·fy \ˈdig-nə-ˌfī\

Definition of dignify

dig·ni·fieddig·ni·fy·ing

  1. 1 :  to give dignity or importance to <She felt formal clothes would dignify the occasion.>

  2. 2 :  to treat with respect or seriousness that is not deserved <… our cay was so small that the charts wouldn't even dignify it with a name. — Theodore Taylor, The Cay>





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