verb (used with object), sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing.

  1. to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
  2. to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts.
  3. to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow.
  4. to entitle to reverence or respect.
  5. to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

  1. to make holy
  2. to free from sin; purify
  3. to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously bindingto sanctify a marriage
  4. to declare or render (something) productive of or conductive to holiness, blessing, or grace
  5. obsolete to authorize to be revered

n.1520s, from Church Latin sanctificationem, noun of action from past participle stem of sanctificare (see sanctify). v.late 14c., seintefie “to consecrate,” from Old French saintefier “sanctify” (12c., Modern French sanctifier), from Late Latin sanctificare “to make holy,” from sanctus “holy” (see saint (n.)) + root of facere “to make” (see factitious). Form altered in English c.1400 to conform with Latin. Meaning “to render holy or legitimate by religious sanction” is from c.1400; transferred sense of “to render worthy of respect” is from c.1600. Related: Sanctified; sanctifying.

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