Definition of dignify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    dignify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dignify
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it dignifies
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple dignified
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle dignified
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form dignifying
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1dignify somebody/something to make somebody/something seem impressive The mayor was there to dignify the celebrations.
  2. 2dignify something to make something appear important when it is not really I'm not going to dignify his comments by reacting to them.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French dignefier, from late Latin dignificare, from Latin dignus ‘worthy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dignify