glo·ri·fy | \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī \
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 \ noun
glorifier \ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r \ 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

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Kudos remains equivocal about freedom; Cusk knows better than to glorify taking a hammer to your life. Jordan Larson, The Cut, "Rachel Cusk’s Rules for Living," 25 June 2018 The work was commissioned to glorify the reign of the fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (1592-1666). J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Souvenirs of a Prince’s Passage to India," 18 May 2018 His brash behavior was glorified on screen by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie based on Belfort’s memoir. Fortune, "'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort Isn't Paying Debts, Prosecutors Say," 16 May 2018 Critics, however, compare it to the notion of a monument near Berlin glorifying Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 In Mexico, Televisa and its main rival, TV Azteca SAB, stayed away from narconovelas due to their close ties to the Mexican government, which didn’t want broadcasters glorifying violence from the drug trade, industry executives said. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "Netflix Breaks Up Audience Romance With Telenovela," 23 Apr. 2018 But the Oscar campaign was hurt by Gloria Steinem's criticism, claiming Forman glorified Flynt's misogyny. Gina Piccalo,, "Miloš Forman, Oscar-winning Czech director of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,' dies at 86," 14 Apr. 2018 Tehreek-e-Laibak was born out of a protest movement glorifying Mumtaz Qadri, a bodyguard of the governor of Punjab province who shot dead his boss in 2011 over his call to reform strict blasphemy laws. Jeff S. Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Muddy Trails run may disrupt traffic in Creekside," 5 Apr. 2018 God gave us this life, our bodies, and our struggles to glorify him. Blake Bakkila,, "This Underwear Model Posing in a Wheelchair Is Breaking Stereotypes and We Couldn’t Be Happier," 11 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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