- 1dignify somebody/something to make somebody/something seem impressive The mayor was there to dignify the celebrations.
- 2dignify something to make something appear important when it is not really I'm not going to dignify his comments by reacting to them. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French dignefier, from late Latin dignificare, from Latin dignus
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//