glorify

verb
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)

Other Words from glorify

glorification \ ˌglȯr-​ə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce glorify (audio) \ noun
glorifier \ ˈglȯr-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce glorify (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 Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to use Monday’s Victory Day commemorations to somehow glorify, or at least rebrand, his army’s 10-week-old invasion of Ukraine. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2022 After decades of amassing vintage glass elements from around the world, Weathers formed Pontiel in 2019 as a creative avenue to glorify the glass in her collection. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 But the larger question is whether entertainment productions glorify violence and romanticize drug lords. Karol Suárez, The Courier-Journal, 1 Dec. 2021 The point, as Marx spotted, is not to actually make the old spirits rise again, but to use their memory to glorify the new struggle, magnifying the task in the public imagination. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2022 But the larger question is whether entertainment productions glorify violence and romanticize drug lords. Karol Suárez, The Courier-Journal, 1 Dec. 2021 The palace’s close association with the last members of Russia’s ruling monarchy presented a dilemma for Soviet-era leaders, who did not want to glorify a past that had been so violently rejected. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 9 Feb. 2022 That angle marks a change of pace from earlier tech biopics like The Social Network and Steve Jobs, which sought to humanize and glorify its subjects while also acknowledging their colder, more callous tendencies. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2022 No moral nation should celebrate such a regime or participate in pageantry that will glorify and enrich it. Tom Cotton, National Review, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Glorify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glorify. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for glorify

glorify

verb
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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