To sanctify something is to make it pure or holy. You might see a priest sanctify a church in your neighborhood — that means it’s holy.

Sanctify often has a religious connotation. If you get married, you might have a religious ceremony to sanctify your union. That means the marriage is viewed as legitimate according to your religion. Sanctify can also mean that something is made free from sin, like when the Pope sanctifies a person. Or you can use it for anything that’s made right or acceptable. Your mom’s support may sanctify the odd outfit you wore to the family reunion. Thanks, Mom!

Definitions of sanctify

v render holy by means of religious rites

bless, consecrate, hallow
deconsecrate, desecrate, unhallow
remove the consecration from a person or an object
consecrate anew, as after a desecration
Type of:
state emphatically and authoritatively

v make pure or free from sin or guilt

purge, purify
spiritualise, spiritualize
purify from the corrupting influences of the world
purify by means of a ritual; also used in post-Communist countries to refer to the political cleansing of former officials
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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