dignify

verb
dig·​ni·​fy | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce dignify (audio) \
dignified; dignifying

Definition of dignify

transitive verb

1 : to give distinction to : ennoble
2 : to confer dignity upon also : to give undue attention or status to won't dignify that remark with a reply

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Examples of dignify in a Sentence

She felt that formal clothing would help dignify the occasion. He said he wouldn't dignify his opponents' accusations by responding to them.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s unclear if attorneys for Brown and Taylor attempted to negotiate a settlement but failed to reach an agreement, or if Brown simply refused to dignify Taylor’s claims. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Inside the Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Antonio Brown for Rape and Sexual Assault," 11 Sep. 2019 The campaign wouldn’t dignify it with a proper statement. Philip Elliott, Time, "Fall Campaign Season Begins With Biden Teetering Atop Democratic Field," 31 Aug. 2019 Heat, however, neither disguises nor dignifies their narcissism of small differences. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: ‘National conservatism’ is ‘Elizabeth Warren conservatism’," 11 Aug. 2019 Heat, however, neither disguises nor dignifies their narcissism of small differences. George F. Will, The Mercury News, "Will: “National conservatism” is “Elizabeth Warren conservatism”," 11 Aug. 2019 Heat, however, neither disguises nor dignifies their narcissism of small differences. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: “National conservatism” is “Elizabeth Warren conservatism”," 11 Aug. 2019 Some people like that Broadcaster Y is restrained and dignified; others find her boring and devoid of meaningful contributions. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Seven Reasons Why Mid-Match Coaching is a Terrible Idea," 19 June 2019 As for Dolly Parton, there have been rumors over the years of encounters in which she was told about the bridge and declined to dignify the news with a response. al.com, "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 By not dignifying it with her attention, apparently. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's How Meghan Markle Is Handling the Latest Round of Royal Drama," 1 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of dignify

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dignify

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

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dignify

verb
dig·​ni·​fy | \ ˈdig-nə-ˌfī How to pronounce dignify (audio) \
dignified; dignifying

Kids Definition of dignify

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