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

     

    sanctify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪ//
     
    [usually passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sanctify
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it sanctifies
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple sanctified
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle sanctified
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form sanctifying
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    Religious buildings
     
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  1. 1sanctify something to make something holy See related entries: Religious buildings
  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.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French saintifier (influenced later by sanctifier), from ecclesiastical Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus ‘holy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sanctify