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.
Origin and Etymology of sanctify
Middle English seintefien, sanctifien, from Anglo-French seintefier, sanctifier, from Late Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus sacred — more at saint
First Known Use: 14th century
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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