Definition of sanctify
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 tob : 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)
Examples of sanctify in a Sentence
The priest sanctified their marriage.
The constitution sanctified the rights of the people.
Recent Examples of sanctify from the Web
In June of 2013, Unesco, the United Nation’s cultural arm, designated the mountain a World Heritage site—recognizing the peak as a defining symbol of the nation’s identity—and more or less sanctifying the climb as a bucket-list experience.
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SANCTIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sanctify for English Language Learners
: to make (something) holy
: to give official acceptance or approval to (something)
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