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 Jack Nicholson endorses the pharmaceutical industry (2003) Case in point for why the Golden Globes have a reputation for glorifying Hollywood debauchery: Nicholson admitting to being high on Valium during his About Schmidt acceptance speech. Alex Heigl,, "14 of the Wildest, Most Memorable Golden Globe Awards Moments Ever," 30 Dec. 2019 The war between Porus and Alexander, in which Porus surrendered after a tough battle, is often glorified by Greek historians. Anand Neelakanthan, Quartz India, "Who exactly was Chanakya, the ancient genius that wily Indian politicians are being compared with?," 20 Dec. 2019 Greenblatt praised Facebook and YouTube for setting up mechanisms over the last year to quickly take down videos that glorify or promulgate violence, but said more needed to be done. Ron Kampeas,, "How Pittsburgh changed the way American Jews think about security," 8 Oct. 2019 Themed pop-up bars and events are glorified Instagram backdrops, and PokéBar was always destined to be just that. John Wenzel, The Know, "Pokémon pop-up bar canceled after organizer cites pushback from Nintendo," 26 Sep. 2019 Similarly, Brides has removed references on its site glorifying plantations, according to a statement from parent company Dotdash. CBS News, "Wedding-planning websites downplay venues that were slave plantations," 11 Dec. 2019 The best of these high-profile stores glorify a company’s products and services through designs that are visually striking and appeal to our other senses, even our fantasies. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Magnificent Mile? Our architecture critic says some of the street’s retail flagships only merit a ‘meh’," 12 Nov. 2019 Our ultimate priority is to glorify God by faithfully proclaiming the truth of His Word so that people can clearly understand it and practically apply it to their lives. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Gospel According to Kanye," 7 Nov. 2019 Innovation, though glorified by businessmen and policymakers, adds nothing to an economy’s productivity until it is widely adopted. The Economist, "InnovationAsian-tiger governments are steering their economies with a lighter touch," 5 Dec. 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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27 Jan 2020

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“Glorify.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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