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)

Keep scrolling for more

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 To glorify the Kim dynasty, North Korea has developed what is perhaps the world’s most skilled cadre of propaganda artists. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artist explores how castoff materials can be a venue to enlightenment," 14 Feb. 2020 Many Blaxsploitation films set in urban environments seem to glorify character types that are not heroic, not positive, such as drug dealers, and there’s a way in which these films show a superficial portrayal of black life. Time, "6 Films to Watch for Black History Month, Recommended by an Expert," 31 Jan. 2020 Beautiful hymns and chants, evoking rousing piety, were then composed to glorify his butchery and butcherer. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 After all, according to a historian’s analysis of the mural in the Wall Street Journal, the intent of the mural’s artist was to criticize these aspects of Washington’s past, not to glorify or normalize them. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "College Cancels Anti-Racist Play Because Its KKK Villains Might ‘Upset’ People," 4 Dec. 2019 Iran still focuses on the case even today, as a recent television series sought to glorify the hard-liners behind the arrest. CBS News, "U.S. judge awards nearly $180 million to Washington Post reporter held by Iran," 23 Nov. 2019 Remember the part where Wednesday was forced to wear a Pocahontas costume and participate in a wildly inaccurate Thanksgiving play meant to glorify colonization? Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Dos and Donts," 12 Nov. 2019 There’s always a new con, a new bit of folklore, a new spooky tale, a new act of human revulsion or redemption to glorify. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hellblazer' Creators Introduce a John Constantine for a New Era," 31 Oct. 2019 Cobbs faced backlash for working with the Queens spitter but ultimately the two created a chart-topper that glorified God’s greatness. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "9 Of The Best Hip-Hop Gospel Songs," 25 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'glorify.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about glorify

Time Traveler for glorify

Time Traveler

The first known use of glorify was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for glorify

Last Updated

24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glorify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for glorify


How to pronounce glorify (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on glorify

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for glorify

Spanish Central: Translation of glorify

Nglish: Translation of glorify for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of glorify for Arabic Speakers

Comments on glorify

What made you want to look up glorify? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!