glorify

verb
glo·​ri·​fy | \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce glorify (audio) \
glorified; glorifying

Definition of glorify

transitive verb

1a : to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration
b : to elevate to celestial glory
2 : to light up brilliantly Chandeliers glorified the entire room.
3a : to represent as glorious : extol a song glorifying romantic love
b : to cause to be or seem to be better than the actual condition the new position is just a glorified version of the old stockroom job
4 : to give glory to (as in worship)

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Other Words from glorify

glorification \ ˌglȯr-​ə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce glorify (audio) \ noun
glorifier \ ˈglȯr-​ə-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce glorify (audio) \ noun

Examples of glorify in a Sentence

Glorify and give thanks to God. a number of big names were recruited in the hopes that their presence would glorify the university's school of medicine in the eyes of the medical world
Recent Examples on the Web This is not to glorify an imbalance in your professional and personal life. Jason Frazier, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 While war is inherently dramatic, Tugend has noticed a tendency in the American media to glorify patriotism. Philissa Cramer, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021 The series would become a pivotal point in both Renaissance painting and the history of art more broadly: Until then, painting was largely decorative or devotional, made to glorify God and patrons. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Highly restrictive approaches and pressure typically glorify the forbidden. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2021 Five years after the Columbine shooting, the writers weren’t looking to glorify the tragedy, but instead depict the devastating effects this type of event has on everyone involved. Shannon Carlin, Vulture, 16 July 2021 Trump's fabrications have stuck and now undergird the attempts by him and those closest to him to glorify the Jan. 6 mob. Calvin Woodward, Colleen Long And David Klepper, Chron, 18 July 2021 Trump's fabrications have stuck and now undergird the attempts by him and those closest to him to glorify the Jan. 6 mob. Calvin Woodward, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Urban areas such as these have long been deemed to be devoid of biodiversity, especially by Americans, who glorify wilderness and believe that nature can flourish only where cities do not exist. Janet Marinelli, Wired, 24 July 2021

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First Known Use of glorify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glorify

Middle English glorifien, from Anglo-French glorifier, from Late Latin glorificare, from gloria

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4 Oct 2021

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“Glorify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glorify. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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glorify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glorify

: to honor or praise (a god or goddess)
: to make (something) seem much better or more important than it really is

glorify

verb
glo·​ri·​fy | \ ˈglȯr-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce glorify (audio) \
glorified; glorifying

Kids Definition of glorify

1 : to honor or praise as divine glorify God
2 : to give honor and praise to glorify a hero
3 : to show in a way that looks good glorify war

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