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)

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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

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After all, doesn’t our culture glorify youthfulness? cleveland.com, "How much should I tip at the dog kennel? Dear Annie," 7 Aug. 2019 The fact is that the North’s endless flirtations with drums and flags, uniforms and marches, slogans and murals glorifying violence, are not just about political tribalism but about unfinished business between ancient enemies. K. V. Turley, National Review, "Border Posts and Border Ghosts," 1 July 2019 At first, Park struggled to understand how a three-hour movie could be made about a love affair, rather than glorifying a regime. Kennett Werner, NBC News, "Yeonmi Park’s long journey from North Korea to Chicago," 26 Feb. 2018 However, about 500 doctors in a letter published in two newspapers on Monday supported the police handling of the crisis and said violence shouldn’t be glorified. Washington Post, "Hospital staff rally for protest campaign after new violence," 16 Sep. 2019 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? The Rev. Bill Thomas, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Thomas: Knowing God’s holiness motivates us to pursue holiness of our own," 13 Sep. 2019 Museum officials have taken steps to ensure that the exhibition’s artifacts are not taken out of context and glorified. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Exhibition on Nazi Design Shows the Challenges of Presenting Third Reich Iconography Within a Museum Setting," 10 Sep. 2019 The regulator said in its judgment that, while the broadcast was newsworthy, the clips contained disturbing violent content which could cause distress, or glorify the alleged attacker and promote his messages. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Australia to block domains hosting extremist content during attacks," 26 Aug. 2019 But the problem exists when those acts are glorified. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 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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glorify

verb

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

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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