To ennoble someone is to make them a Lord or a Baroness — to bestow a noble title upon them. The Queen of England has the power to ennoble people, turning Paul McCartney into Sir Paul McCartney, for example.

One way to use the verb ennoble is to mean, literally, "make someone a noble or a member of the nobility." It can also mean "bestow or lend dignity to" or "make dignified." You could say, "Reading great books ennobles the mind," or "Treating others with kindness ennobles a person." Ennoble comes from the Old French ennoblir, from the prefix en-, "put in," and the Latin root nobilis, "excellent, superior, or splendid."

Definitions of ennoble
  1. verb
    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    synonyms: entitle, gentle
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    baronetise, baronetize
    confer baronetcy upon
    make a lord of someone
    dub, knight
    raise (someone) to knighthood
    type of:
    advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
  2. verb
    confer dignity or honor upon
    synonyms: dignify
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    type of:
    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
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