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Definition of sanctify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    sanctify

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈsæŋktəˌfaɪ//
     
    [usually passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sanctify
     
    he / she / it sanctifies
     
    past simple sanctified
     
    -ing form sanctifying
     
     
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  1. 1sanctify something to make something holy
  2. 2sanctify something to make something seem right or legal; to give official approval to something This was a practice sanctified by tradition. Psychology had sanctified the opinion that youthful rebellion was a natural stage of adolescence.
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NAmE//ˌsæŋktəfəˈkeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sanctify