glo·​ri·​fy | \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce glorify (audio) \
glorified; glorifying

Definition of glorify

transitive verb

1a : to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration
b : to elevate to celestial glory
2 : to light up brilliantly Chandeliers glorified the entire room.
3a : to represent as glorious : extol a song glorifying romantic love
b : to cause to be or seem to be better than the actual condition the new position is just a glorified version of the old stockroom job
4 : to give glory to (as in worship)

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Other Words from glorify

glorification \ ˌglȯr-​ə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce glorification (audio) \ noun
glorifier \ ˈglȯr-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce glorifier (audio) \ noun

Examples of glorify in a Sentence

Glorify and give thanks to God. a number of big names were recruited in the hopes that their presence would glorify the university's school of medicine in the eyes of the medical world
Recent Examples on the Web The media has been chastised for glorifying the protesters—particularly as some have turned to more violent actions. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s protesters embody what it means to be driven by democratic ideals," 23 Nov. 2019 Like the removal of Confederate monuments in public squares that glorify them — and into museums where they can be put in context — new re-enactments can amplify the record, right wrongs, and eventually, begin to turn an ugly tide across the nation. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: Re-enactments for the 21st century? San Antonio can lead the way," 12 Nov. 2019 Only people who’ve never been to war seek war, or glorify it. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Will Smith scores twice in action thriller, lesson-laden ‘Gemini Man’," 9 Oct. 2019 Following two mass shootings last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Donald Trump said the video game industry is partially to blame for glorifying violence and desensitizing would-be mass killers. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Joe Lieberman Famously Blamed Video Games for Violence. Now Guns and the Internet Worry Him Even More," 10 Aug. 2019 Not surprisingly, perhaps, the app also raises some eyebrows about the potential for glorifying gaming. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Givling app helps trivia players pay student loans, mortgage debt — but it could cost you," 19 Oct. 2019 The solutions start with acknowledging this discrimination and having honest conversations about how to do better, not by glorifying the status quo. Qaali Hussein, STAT, "Motherhood and medicine should mix. So why is it such a struggle?," 18 Oct. 2019 The Plain View Project found officers bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and, especially, glorifying police brutality. Time, "Historically Black University Fires 9 Officers for 'Misogynistic, Racist' Social Media Posts," 26 July 2019 Dubbed The Plain View Project, the team of researchers found officers from Arizona to Florida bashing immigrants and Muslims, promoting racist stereotypes, identifying with right-wing militia groups and, especially, glorifying police brutality. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Media analysis: Trump rally chants drown out police cases in week of racial tension," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of glorify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glorify

Middle English glorifien, from Anglo-French glorifier, from Late Latin glorificare, from gloria

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1 Dec 2019

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“Glorify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of glorify

: to honor or praise (a god or goddess)
: to make (something) seem much better or more important than it really is


glo·​ri·​fy | \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce glorify (audio) \
glorified; glorifying

Kids Definition of glorify

1 : to honor or praise as divine glorify God
2 : to give honor and praise to glorify a hero
3 : to show in a way that looks good glorify war

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