sanctify

verb
sanc·​ti·​fy | \ ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-ˌfī How to pronounce sanctify (audio) \
sanctified; sanctifying

Definition of sanctify

transitive verb

1 : to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use : consecrate
2 : to free from sin : purify
3a : to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to
b : to give moral or social sanction to
4 : to make productive of holiness or piety observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it — Deuteronomy 5:12 (Douay Version)

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Examples of sanctify in a Sentence

The priest sanctified their marriage. The constitution sanctified the rights of the people.
Recent Examples on the Web The Kiddush is a blessing to sanctify the beginning of the holiday. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 The Kiddush is a blessing to sanctify the beginning of the holiday. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 Contrary to many social mores, milah and niddah attempt to sanctify life, even in the most powerful and intimate realms. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Her death in 1856 marked the end of a 16-year mission in Indiana and the beginning of efforts to sanctify her contributions. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Oct. 2021 An ornate metal crucifix in the foreground and a wooden one on the wall behind the couple sanctify the scene. Peter Van Agtmael, Magazine, 8 Dec. 2020 After harming or even executing the scapegoat, the society can create myths of atonement that sanctify social structures. Michael A. Vargas, The Conversation, 25 Sep. 2020 Did this reversal of reproduction sanctify the event or displace it? Namwali Serpell, Harper's Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 The Kiddush is a blessing to sanctify the beginning of the holiday. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of sanctify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanctify

Middle English seintefien, sanctifien, from Anglo-French seintefier, sanctifier, from Late Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus sacred — more at saint

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

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4 Aug 2022

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“Sanctify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanctify. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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