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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And, the letter said, the statue will not glorify Smith or the Confederacy. Jim Turner, sun-sentinel.com, "Confederate statue from Capitol finds home in Central Florida, despite backlash," 31 July 2019 Please, please, please don't encourage or glorify this behavior. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Fans Are Calling Out Kendall Jenner After an Incident Involving Her Dog and a Child," 6 Aug. 2018 Many of the local films set for release in the latter half of 2019 will be hero epics glorifying Chinese national achievements under Communist Party rule. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "China's Tightening Censorship Is Making a Bad Box Office Year Even Worse," 16 July 2019 May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored glorified loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. courant.com, "Saint Jude," 29 June 2019 That incident sparked a national reckoning over historical monuments that, to many, glorify racial or cultural oppression. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Judge quashes attempt to bring back controversial SF statue," 13 June 2019 To honor the gods for the victory and to glorify Athens, Pericles proposed using the Delian League’s treasury to mount an unprecedented building campaign. National Geographic, "Who was Pericles?," 8 Apr. 2019 Some applauded violence and glorified police brutality. The Economist, "Police officers and Border Patrol agents say racist, sexist things," 4 July 2019 Neither myself nor my peers at the event noticed any hidden message in the game that somehow glorified Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 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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