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.

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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 The aim, says Model Alliance founder and executive director (and model) Sara Ziff, is to dignify models as workers, people doing a job, who have basic needs and who deserve basic rights and protections. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 The program seeks to dignify the critical role of teachers in a democratic society by promoting professional preparation that is rich in the arts, humanities and ethnic studies. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What happens to teaching and learning if educators holster 9mm Glocks on their waistband?," 22 Feb. 2018 The president is incredibly smart, not dignify this dinner with his presence. Fox News, "Conway on Iran deal, White House Correspondents' Dinner," 1 May 2018 Daddy Bill’s life pointed me to the Jesus who not only notices these precious people, but stops everything in order to move towards them, serve them and dignify them. Boz Tchividjian, Washington Post, "My grandfather Billy Graham was my hero," 21 Feb. 2018 But at a time when too many filmmakers still mistake message-mongering for art, a picture that quietly dignifies the medium is more than sufficient for me. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "A Christian critic wrestles with new biblical films and the hope of a better 'faith-based' cinema," 30 Mar. 2018 The story doesn't deserve to be dignified by being broadcast and displayed. Fox News, "Hannity: CNN's creepy new obsession," 26 Mar. 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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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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