sanctify

verb sanc·ti·fy \ ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of sanctify

sanctified; sanctifying
transitive verb
1 : to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use : consecrate
2 : to free from sin : purify
3 a : 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)

Examples of sanctify in a Sentence

  1. The priest sanctified their marriage.

  2. The constitution sanctified the rights of the people.

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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

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SANCTIFY Defined for English Language Learners

sanctify

verb

Definition of sanctify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) holy

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



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