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sanctify

[sangk-tuh-fahy] /ˈsæŋk təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), sanctified, sanctifying.
1.
to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
2.
to purify or free from sin:
Sanctify your hearts.
3.
to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding:
to sanctify a vow.
4.
to entitle to reverence or respect.
5.
to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.
Origin of sanctify
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Late Latin sānctificāre (see Sanctus, -ify); replacing Middle English seintefien < Old French saintifier < Latin, as above
Related forms
sanctifiable, adjective
sanctifiableness, noun
sanctifiably, adverb
sanctification, noun
sanctifier, noun
sanctifyingly, adverb
nonsanctification, noun
presanctify, verb (used with object), presanctified, presanctifying.
self-sanctification, noun
unsanctifying, adjective
Synonyms
1. bless, hallow, anoint, enshrine, exalt.
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  • And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • A young girl may sometimes, by such courage, sanctify and enhance her modesty.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • The altar was most holy, that it might sanctify the gifts laid on it.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • And so it is His own special beloved work to sanctify the Church He loved.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • God sanctified the Sabbath day: man has to sanctify it, that is, to keep it holy.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • God is holy: we are to sanctify Him in acknowledging and adoring and honouring that holiness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • With my whole heart do I trust Thee to do it, to sanctify me wholly.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

    Sanctification J. W. Byers
  • The blood of those sacrifices could do no more than sanctify "to the purifying of the flesh."

    Sanctification J. W. Byers
British Dictionary definitions for sanctify

sanctify

/ˈsæŋktɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make holy
2.
to free from sin; purify
3.
to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously binding: to sanctify a marriage
4.
to declare or render (something) productive of or conductive to holiness, blessing, or grace
5.
(obsolete) to authorize to be revered
Derived Forms
sanctifiable, adjective
sanctification, noun
sanctifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for sanctify
v.

late 14c., seintefie "to consecrate," from Old French saintefier "sanctify" (12c., Modern French sanctifier), from Late Latin sanctificare "to make holy," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Form altered in English c.1400 to conform with Latin. Meaning "to render holy or legitimate by religious sanction" is from c.1400; transferred sense of "to render worthy of respect" is from c.1600. Related: Sanctified; sanctifying.

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