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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Last December, 12 rappers from the collective La Insurgencia were fined, sentenced to more than two years in prison each, and banned from working in the public sector for lyrics the court ruled glorified the violent anti-capitalist group GRAPO. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Amnesty International Report Warns of Increasing Attacks on Freedom of Expression in Spain," 13 Mar. 2018 Instead, this tattoo is undoubtedly glorifying guns, and as such the 23-year-old must be demonised., "Sane Humans Hit Back on Twitter as Ridiculous Gammons Call Out Raheem Sterling for Having a Tattoo," 29 May 2018 It gets glorified more lately because of the volume of threes that are being taken, and because some of the teams that have been winning are built like that. Bob Ford,, "Sixers need to find positionless players to position themselves for future | Bob Ford," 21 May 2018 For decades, utopian designers and populist dreamers have glorified prefabricated housing. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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