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 glorify (audio) \ noun
glorifier \ ˈglȯr-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce glorify (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 And while director Tiller Russell took great pains not to glorify the dirtbag — instead framing the narrative around the cops who would eventually catch him — that choice did leave a few unanswered questions. Vulture Editors, Vulture, "This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Revisiting the Night Stalker," 5 Feb. 2021 Some school textbooks now glorify Hindu myths and paint the subcontinent’s Muslim rulers in a barbaric light. New York Times, "India’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker Has a Warning," 1 Dec. 2020 But this novel was written well after the heyday of Stalin-style industrial heroes, at a time when North Korean literature sought to glorify education and technical skills. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "‘Something Resembling Normal Life’," 17 Nov. 2020 Levin also criticized Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide, who was suspended for 30 days without pay earlier this year by the township's Board of Trustees for controversial social media posts that seemed to glorify police brutality. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "U.S. Rep. Levin to prosecutor: Drop felony charges against Shelby Twp. protesters," 27 Oct. 2020 Most police shows in 2020 do not openly glorify unconstitutional behavior. Washington Post, "CBS remaking its police shows for the Black Lives Matter era," 14 Oct. 2020 Sure, Texas A&M only defeated Vanderbilt 17-12, but isn’t that the type of game and score the SEC used to glorify as a gold standard? Joseph Goodman |, al, "The SEC is delivering exactly what we all needed," 29 Sep. 2020 Several songs over decades glorify light skin, which is considered an attractive feature in movies where a hero falls for a heroine. Aditi Sangal, CNN, "A Bollywood song referring to Beyoncé has its lyrics changed after backlash over colorism," 15 Sep. 2020 And the fact is that those monuments were placed, for example, in Houston 80 to 100 years ago to glorify the bad things that were done to other people like those- those of my ancestors. CBS News, "Transcript: Sylvester Turner on "Face the Nation," July 5, 2020," 5 July 2020

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Glorify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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