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sanctify

[sangk-tuh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing.
  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.
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Origin of sanctify

1350–1400; < Late Latin sānctificāre (see Sanctus, -ify); replacing Middle English seintefien < Old French saintifier < Latin, as above
Related formssanc·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivesanc·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nounsanc·ti·fi·a·bly, adverbsanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounsanc·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

Synonyms

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1. bless, hallow, anoint, enshrine, exalt.
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Examples from the Web for sanctify

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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 is holy: we are to sanctify Him in acknowledging and adoring and honouring that holiness.

    Holy in Christ

    Andrew Murray


British Dictionary definitions for sanctify

sanctify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to make holy
  2. to free from sin; purify
  3. to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously bindingto 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
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Derived Formssanctifiable, adjectivesanctification, nounsanctifier, 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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