sanctify

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transitive verb sanc·ti·fy \-ˌfī\

Definition of sanctify

sanctified

sanctifying

  1. 1 :  to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use :  consecrate

  2. 2 :  to free from sin :  purify

  3. 3a :  to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect tob :  to give moral or social sanction to

  4. 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

  1. The priest sanctified their marriage.

  2. 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

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SANCTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

sanctify

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transitive verb sanc·ti·fy \-ˌfī\

Definition of sanctify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) holy

  • : to give official acceptance or approval to (something)



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