[ sangk-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈsæŋk təˌfaɪ /
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verb (used with object), sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing.
to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts.
to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow.
to entitle to reverence or respect.
to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.
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Origin of sanctify
OTHER WORDS FROM sanctify
sanc·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivesanc·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nounsanc·ti·fi·a·bly, adverbsanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, noun
sanc·ti·fi·er, nounsanc·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·sanc·ti·fy, verb (used with object), pre·sanc·ti·fied, pre·sanc·ti·fy·ing.self-sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounun·sanc·ti·fy·ing, adjective
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How to use sanctify in a sentence
"Sanctification," said the pale boy near the door, in a prompt but mechanical manner.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
Seek to become established by the grace of sanctification; then you will be better able to meet temptation and persecution.The value of a praying mother|Isabel C. Byrum
And it is an important means of sanctification, and of perseverance in grace.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
And seven days after I was saved I was convicted for sanctification or a clean heart.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love|Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
He of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
British Dictionary definitions for sanctify
/ (ˈsæŋktɪˌfaɪ) /
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to make holy
to free from sin; purify
to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously bindingto sanctify a marriage
to declare or render (something) productive of or conductive to holiness, blessing, or grace
obsolete to authorize to be revered
Derived forms of sanctifysanctifiable, adjectivesanctification, nounsanctifier, noun
Word Origin for sanctify
C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
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