sanctify

[ sangk-tuh-fahy ]
/ ˈsæŋk təˌfaɪ /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctify

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

sanctifiable, adjectivesanctification, nounsanctifier, noun

Word Origin for sanctify

C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
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