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 And David, once dignified with the Turkish honorific effendi, would die in Auschwitz with much of his family in 1943. The Economist, "Writing wrongs An intimate chronicle of Sephardic Jewish history," 2 Jan. 2020 The inequality between the men — Rick lives in a spacious ranch house up in the hills, Cliff in a cluttered trailer down in the valley — is what dignifies their bond, just as the contrast of their temperaments sustain it. New York Times, "‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Review: We Lost It at the Movies," 24 July 2019 Then there’s the randomness of life: how a ton of bad stuff happens to some of us, even the nicest and most innocent of us, while some blithely skate on to as dignified a death as a death ever can be. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ at Victory Gardens is about an advice columnist — and might just solve your problems," 15 Sep. 2019 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

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dignify?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dignif02. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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