glorify

verb glo·ri·fy \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018
glorified; glorifying
1 a : 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.
3 a : 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)

glorification

play \ˌglȯr-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

glorifier

play \ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of glorify in a Sentence

  1. Glorify and give thanks to God.

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of glorify

Middle English glorifien, from Anglo-French glorifier, from Late Latin glorificare, from gloria

GLORIFY Defined for English Language Learners

glorify

  • : to honor or praise (a god or goddess)

  • : to make (something) seem much better or more important than it really is


GLORIFY Defined for Kids

glorify

verb glo·ri·fy \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī \
glorified; glorifying
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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