What does sanctify mean?

Definitions for sanctifyˈsæŋk təˌfaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sanctify.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. consecrate, bless, hallow, sanctify(verb)

    render holy by means of religious rites

  2. purify, purge, sanctify(verb)

    make pure or free from sin or guilt

    "he left the monastery purified"


  1. sanctify(Verb)

    To make holy; to consecrate. Set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.

  2. sanctify(Verb)

    To free from sin; to purify.

  3. sanctify(Verb)

    To make acceptable or useful under religious law or practice.

  4. sanctify(Verb)

    To endorse with religious sanction.

  5. Origin: From sanctifico, from sanctus + facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanctify(verb)

    to make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow

  2. Sanctify(verb)

    to make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify

  3. Sanctify(verb)

    to make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety

  4. Sanctify(verb)

    to impart or impute sacredness, venerableness, inviolability, title to reverence and respect, or the like, to; to secure from violation; to give sanction to

  5. Origin: [F. sanctifier, L. sanctificare; sanctus holy + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Saint, and -fy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sanctify

    sangk′ti-fī, v.t. to make sacred or holy: to set apart to sacred use: to free from sin or evil: to consecrate: to invest with a sacred character: to make efficient as the means of holiness: to secure from violation:—pa.t. and pa.p. sanc′tifīed.n. Sanctanim′ity, holiness of mind.—v.t. Sanctif′icāte.—n. Sanctificā′tion, act of sanctifying: state of being sanctified: that work or process of God's free grace whereby the new principle of spiritual life implanted in regeneration is developed until the whole man is renewed in the image of God: consecration.—adj. Sanc′tified, made holy: sanctimonious.—adv. Sanctifī′edly, sanctimoniously.—n. Sanc′tifier, one who sanctifies: the Holy Spirit.—adv. Sanc′tifyingly.—adj. Sanctimō′nious, having sanctity: holy, devout: affecting holiness.—adv. Sanctimō′niously.—ns. Sanctimō′niousness, Sanc′timony, affected devoutness, show of sanctity; Sanc′titude, holiness, goodness, saintliness: affected holiness; Sanc′tity, quality of being sacred or holy: purity: godliness: inviolability: a saint, any holy object.—v.t. Sanc′tuarise (Shak.), to shelter by sacred privileges, as in a sanctuary.—ns. Sanc′tūary, a sacred place: a place for the worship of God: the most sacred part of the Temple of Jerusalem: the Temple itself: the part of a church round the altar: an inviolable asylum, refuge, a consecrated place which gives protection to a criminal taking refuge there: the privilege of taking refuge in such a consecrated place; Sanc′tum, a sacred place: a private room; Sanc′tus, the ascription, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts,' from Isa. vi.: a musical setting of the same.—Sanctum sanctorum, the Holy of Holies: any specially reserved retreat or room.—Odour of sanctity, the aroma of goodness. [Fr.,—L. sanctificāre, -ātumsanctus, sacred, facĕre, to make.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanctify in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sanctify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love love recompenses the adorers.

  2. Yitzhak Rabin:

    Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life.

Images & Illustrations of sanctify

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Translations for sanctify

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • heiligenGerman
  • santificarSpanish
  • puhdistaa, vapauttaa, pyhittääFinnish
  • consacrerFrench
  • naomhaichScottish Gaelic
  • purificare, consacrare, santificareItalian
  • apvalyti, pašventintiLithuanian
  • whakataputapu, whakatapuMāori
  • zuiveren, verschonen, sancreren, heiligen, louteren, consacreren, heilig verklaren, inwijden, sanctificeren, sanctifiëren, wijden, ruggensteunen, sacraliseren, verheiligenDutch
  • rense, helliggjøre, vigsle, velsigne, tilgiNorwegian
  • willkachayQuechua
  • очи́стить, очища́ть, освяти́ть, одобря́ть, освяща́ть, санкциони́ровать, одо́бритьRussian
  • kutsamakTurkish

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