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dignify

To dignify is to grant nobility or respect to something. Dignifying raises the status of things.

Dignity is a quality of honor and respect, so to dignify is to give greater respect and honor to something or someone. The presence of the President would dignify a military ceremony. Medals are given to dignify soldiers. Treating people with respect and taking them seriously dignifies them. Often, this word is used in a negative sense, as in "I wouldn't dignify him with an answer!" That means the speaker doesn't feel the person asking the question deserves respect.

Definitions of dignify
  1. verb
    confer dignity or honor upon
    “He was dignified with a title”
    synonyms: ennoble
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    type of:
    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
  2. verb
    raise the status of
    “I shall not dignify this insensitive remark with an answer”
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    type of:
    elevate, lift, raise
    raise in rank or condition
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