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

     

    ennoble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnəʊbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnoʊbl//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ennoble
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnəʊbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnoʊbl//
     
    he / she / it ennobles
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnəʊblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnoʊblz//
     
    past simple ennobled
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnəʊbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnoʊbld//
     
    past participle ennobled
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnəʊbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnoʊbld//
     
    -ing form ennobling
    BrE BrE//ɪˈnəʊblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈnoʊblɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] ennoble somebody to make somebody a member of the nobility
  2. 2ennoble somebody/something to give somebody/something a better moral character In a strange way she seemed ennobled by her grief.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (formerly also as innoble): from French ennoblir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + noble ‘noble’.
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