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ennoble

[ en-noh-buh l ]
/ ɛnˈnoʊ bəl /
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verb (used with object), en·no·bled, en·no·bling.

to elevate in degree, excellence, or respect; dignify; exalt: a personality ennobled by true generosity.
to confer a title of nobility on.

RELATED WORDS

exalt, dignify, praise

Nearby words

ennerdale water, ennis, enniskillen, ennius, ennius, quintus, ennoble, ennog, ennosigaeus, ennui, ennuied, eno

Origin of ennoble

1425–75; late Middle English ennobelen < Middle French, Old French ennoblir. See en-1, noble
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British Dictionary definitions for ennobles

ennoble

/ (ɪˈnəʊbəl) /

verb (tr)

to make noble, honourable, or excellent; dignify; exalt
to raise to a noble rank; confer a title of nobility upon
Derived Formsennoblement, nounennobler, nounennobling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ennobles

ennoble


v.

late 15c. (implied in ennobled), from Middle French ennoblir; see en- (1) + noble (adj.). Related: Ennobling.

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