dig·​ni·​fied | \ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd \

Definition of dignified 

: showing or expressing dignity a dignified manner looking dignified in a suit and tie

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Examples of dignified in a Sentence

She has a kind but dignified manner. He looked very dignified in his new suit. The hotel's lobby is dignified but inviting.
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Amtrak will install lactation suites in several of its stations, including Philadelphia’s 30th Street, giving breastfeeding women and clean, private and dignified space to pump while commuting. Oona Goodin-smith, Philly.com, "Making the most of your Memorial Day weekend, court upholds transgender student rights| Morning Newsletter," 25 May 2018 Toronto’s newest attraction seemed destined to end up in the dignified solitude of a tycoon’s country home, somewhere behind the stables, perhaps. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Bjarke Ingels’s Serpentine Pavilion Is on a World Tour: First Stop, Toronto," 24 Sep. 2018 Now, isn’t this panoply of procedures — arguably the mother of all cosmetic undertakings — deserving of a more dignified name? Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 This assistance is provided as close to refugees’ homes as possible in order to facilitate their voluntary, safe, and dignified return if and when conditions allow. Gina Martinez, Time, "Mike Pompeo Vows U.S. Will Protect 'the Most Vulnerable Refugees' Amid Trump Administration's Family Separation Controversy," 20 June 2018 After a courageous and dignified battle with Dementia, Maryann (McNamara) Scanlon, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2018, with family members by her side. courant.com, "Maryann Scanlon," 15 May 2018 There is no other force, there is no other party, there is no other real ideology out there right now that is asserting the minimum elements necessary to lead a dignified American life. Bridget Read, Vogue, "28-Year-Old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Might Just Be the Future of the Democratic Party," 25 June 2018 Queen Victoria marvels at their attire, calling it dignified. Robin Givhan, chicagotribune.com, "When it comes to movie costumes, the Academy has always favored fantasy," 4 Mar. 2018 From these somewhat-less-than-dignified beginnings, the song rose to become the national anthem in 1931. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, José Feliciano’s Version of the National Anthem Has Given Voice to Immigrant Pride," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of dignified

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dignified

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The first known use of dignified was in 1584

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English Language Learners Definition of dignified

: serious and somewhat formal : having or showing dignity


dig·​ni·​fied | \ˈdig-nə-ˌfīd \

Kids Definition of dignified

: having or showing dignity

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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