Dignify

  • 1 dignify — dig ni*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dignified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dignifying}.] [OF. dignifier, fr. LL. dignificare; L. dignus worthy + ficare (in comp.), facere to make. See {Deign}, and {Fact}.] To invest with dignity or honor; to make illustrious;… …

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  • 2 dignify — [dig′nə fī΄] vt. dignified, dignifying [ME dignifien < OFr dignifier < ML dignificare < L dignus, worthy + ficare < facere, to make, DO1] 1. to give dignity to; make worthy of esteem; honor, exalt, or ennoble 2. to make seem worthy or …

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  • 3 dignify — index bestow, elevate, prefer, promote (advance), raise (advance), recognize (acknowledge) …

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  • 4 dignify — mid 15c., from M.Fr. dignifier, from M.L. dignificare make worthy, from L. dignus (see DIGNITY (Cf. dignity)) + ficare, from facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Dignification; dignifying …

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  • 5 dignify — [v] make honorable; glorify adorn, advance, aggrandize, distinguish, elevate, ennoble, erect, exalt, grace, honor, magnify, prefer, promote, raise, sublime, uprear; concepts 244,700 Ant. belittle, condemn, degrade, demote, detract, disgrace,… …

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  • 6 dignify — ► VERB (dignifies, dignified) ▪ cause to be or appear impressive or worthy of respect. ORIGIN Latin dignificare, from dignus worthy …

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  • 7 dignify — UK [ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪ] / US [ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms dignify : present tense I/you/we/they dignify he/she/it dignifies present participle dignifying past tense dignified past participle dignified to make something or someone seem more… …

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  • 8 dignify — dig|ni|fy [ˈdıgnıfaı] v past tense and past participle dignified present participle dignifying third person singular dignifies [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: dignifier, from Latin dignus deserving admiration ] to make something or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 dignify — [[t]dɪ̱gnɪfaɪ[/t]] dignifies, dignifying, dignified 1) VERB To dignify something means to make it impressive. [LITERARY] [V n] It is the function of tragic literature to dignify sorrow and disaster... [V n] The gatepost was dignified by the… …

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  • 10 dignify — verb (T) to make something or someone seem better or more important than they really are by using a particular word to describe them: dignify sb/sth with: I cannot dignify him with the name physician …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 dignify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English dignifien, from Middle French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificare, from Latin dignus worthy more at decent Date: 15th century 1. to give distinction to ; ennoble …

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  • 12 dignify — /dig neuh fuy /, v.t., dignified, dignifying. 1. to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble. 2. to give a high sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon: to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship. [1375 1425; late ME… …

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  • 13 dignify — verb a) to invest with dignity or honour Your worth will dignify our feast. B. Jonson. b) to give distinction to Syn: exalt, elevate …

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  • 14 dignify — dig|ni|fy [ dıgnı,faı ] verb transitive to make something or someone seem more important than they really are: I won t dignify his abuse by reacting to it …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 dignify — verb shall we dignify their arrival with some music? Syn: ennoble, enhance, distinguish, add distinction to, honor, grace, exalt, magnify, glorify, elevate …

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  • 16 dignify — Synonyms and related words: adorn, aggrandize, bestow honor upon, better, celebrate, confer distinction on, conventionalize, distinguish, elevate, enhance, ennoble, erect, exalt, formalize, glorify, grace, honor, improve, lift, magnify, observe,… …

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  • 17 dignify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. ennoble, exalt, distinguish. See repute. Ant., degrade, disgrace. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. exalt, elevate, ennoble, glorify; see praise 1 , promote 2 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. elevate,… …

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  • 18 dignify — dig·ni·fy || dɪgnɪfaɪ v. honor; ennoble, exalt, aggrandize; raise, advance …

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  • 19 dignify — verb (dignifies, dignifying, dignified) make (something) seem worthy and impressive. ↘give an impressive name to (someone or something unworthy of it). Origin ME: from OFr. dignefier, from late L. dignificare, from L. dignus worthy …

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  • 20 dignify — v. a. 1. Advance, promote, exalt, ennoble, prefer to office. 2. Honor, grace, adorn, exalt, ennoble, give lustre to, add dignity to …

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