ennoble

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

v give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility

Synonyms:
entitle, gentle
Types:
baronetise, baronetize
confer baronetcy upon
lord
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

v confer dignity or honor upon

Synonyms:
dignify
Type of:
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon

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