verb (used with object), dig·ni·fied, dig·ni·fy·ing.
Origin of dignify
Examples from the Web for dignify
On the other hand, many people believe it is important to dignify official government business with a prayer.Supreme Court Prayer Decision in Greece v. Galloway Should Be Easy|Eric Segall|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This new experience appeared to dignify their relation, and weave them together with a new strand.Dr. Heidenhoff's Process|Edward Bellamy
But she did not choose to dignify his spleen by replying to it.Mavericks|William MacLeod Raine
They dignify common politeness as really as they do achievements in art and science.The Bobbin Boy|William M. Thayer
British Dictionary definitions for dignify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for dignify
Word Origin and History for dignify
mid-15c., from Middle French dignifier, from Medieval Latin dignificare "make worthy," from Latin dignus (see dignity) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Dignification; dignified; dignifying.