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.

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 for sanctify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sanctify

Contemporary Examples of sanctify

Historical Examples of sanctify

  • 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 sanctified the Sabbath day: man has to sanctify it, that is, to keep it holy.

    Holy in Christ

    Andrew Murray

British Dictionary definitions for sanctify


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 Formssanctifiable, adjectivesanctification, nounsanctifier, noun

Word Origin for sanctify

C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sanctify

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper