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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But some students are glorifying the idea of fighting the shooter and saving the day. New York Times, "Can I Make My Company Take a Stand on Guns?," 16 May 2018 The targets are leftists, minorities, labor unions, and anyone or any institution that isn’t glorified in the fascist narrative. Sean Illing, Vox, "A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump.," 15 Dec. 2018 Greengrass is on the most slippery of slopes here — showing a mass murderer’s violence without glorifying it and letting the gunman explain himself without feeding supremacist hatred. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "’22 July’: a powerful dramatization on 2011 Norwegian massacre," 9 Oct. 2018 This is a popular myth glorified in the media and in movies. Stefanie Lyn Kaufman As Told To Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is What It's Really Like to Experience Psychosis," 23 Aug. 2018 Many are accusing Golden Goose of glorifying poverty while still attempting to turn a significant profit. Mekita Rivas, Allure, "The Internet Is Dragging These $530-Dollar Sneakers That Look Like They're Taped Together," 20 Sep. 2018 For the most part, it was marked by glorifying the Founding Fathers and only the shallowest of engagement with the Revolution’s legacy. John Garrison Marks, Smithsonian, "What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America’s 250th Birthday Celebration," 3 July 2018 All the both of us want is for Him to be glorified. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Former WWE Star Matt Cappotelli Dies After Battle with Cancer: He 'Went Home to Be with Jesus'," 29 June 2018 Sauntering through the streets of Noho this afternoon, Hadid appeared to have walked fresh off Alexander Wang's Fall 2018 runway, which glorified the nine-to-five corporate world of busy, shoulder pad-wearing women. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Rules the Street in Alexander Wang's $35 Claw Clip," 12 Sep. 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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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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