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dignify

[ dig-nuh-fahy ]
/ 藞d瑟g n蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), dig路ni路fied, dig路ni路fy路ing.
to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon: to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship.
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Origin of dignify

1375鈥1425; late Middle English dignifien<Old French dignefier<Medieval Latin dignific膩re, equivalent to Latin dign(us) worthy + -ific膩re-ify

OTHER WORDS FROM dignify

o路ver路dig路ni路fy, verb (used with object), o路ver路dig路ni路fied, o路ver路dig路ni路fy路ing.qua路si-dig路ni路fy路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dignify

dignify
/ (藞d瑟伞n瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
to add distinction tothe meeting was dignified by the minister
to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or titleshe dignifies every plant with its Latin name

Word Origin for dignify

C15: from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignific膩re, from Latin dignus worthy + facere to make
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