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SANCTIFY (sanctified)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sanctify mean? 

  The verb SANCTIFY has 2 senses:

1. render holy by means of religious rites
2. make pure or free from sin or guilt

  Familiarity information: SANCTIFY used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Render holy by means of religious rites

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


hallow; sanctify; bless; consecrate

Hypernyms (to "sanctify" is one way to...):

declare (state emphatically and authoritatively)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sanctify"):

reconsecrate (consecrate anew, as after a desecration)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

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Make pure or free from sin or guilt

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


purify; sanctify; purge

Context example:

he left the monastery purified

Hypernyms (to "sanctify" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sanctify"):

spiritualise; spiritualize (purify from the corrupting influences of the world)

lustrate (purify by means of a ritual; also used in post-Communist countries to refer to the political cleansing of former officials)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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