dignify

verb dig·ni·fy \ ˈdig-nə-ˌfī \

Definition of dignify

dignified; dignifying
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

Examples of dignify in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of dignify

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


DIGNIFY Defined for Kids

dignify

verb dig·ni·fy \ ˈdig-nə-ˌfī \

Definition of dignify for Students

dignified; dignifying
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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