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.
Origin and Etymology of dignify
Middle English dignifien, from Medieval French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificare, from Latin dignus worthy — more at decent
First Known Use: 15th century
DIGNIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of dignify for Students
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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