What does sanctify mean?

Definitions for sanctify
ˈsæŋk təˌfaɪsanc·ti·fy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consecrate, bless, hallow, sanctifyverb

    render holy by means of religious rites

  2. purify, purge, sanctifyverb

    make pure or free from sin or guilt

    "he left the monastery purified"


  1. sanctifyverb

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

  2. sanctifyverb

    To free from sin; to purify.

  3. sanctifyverb

    To make acceptable or useful under religious law or practice.

  4. sanctifyverb

    To endorse with religious sanction.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SANCTIFYverb

    Etymology: sanctifier, Fr. sanctifico, Latin.

    For if the blood of bulls, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ? Heb. ix. 13.

    The gospel, by not making many things unclean, as the law did, hath sanctified those things generally to all, which particularly each man to himself must sanctify by a reverend and holy use. Richard Hooker.

    Those judgments God hath been pleased to send upon me, are so much the more welcome, as a means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as to make me repent of that unjust act. Charles I .

    Those external things are neither parts of our devotion, or by any strength in themselves direct causes of it; but the grace of God is pleased to move us by ways suitable to our nature, and to sanctify these sensible helps to higher purposes. South.

    What actions can express the intire purity of thought, which refines and sanctifies a virtuous man? Addison.

    The holy man, amaz’d at what he saw,
    Made haste to sanctify the bliss by law. Dryden.

    Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. Alexander Pope.


  1. sanctify

    To sanctify means to make holy, set apart, or consecrated for a sacred or religious purpose. It involves the process of making something clean, pure, or acceptable in a spiritual or religious context. It can also refer to the act of giving moral or spiritual purity or strength to someone or something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sanctifyverb

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

  2. Sanctifyverb

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

  3. Sanctifyverb

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

  4. Sanctifyverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. sanctifynoun

    The Believer participates with the Spirit in a process of transformation that continues until glorification. The goal of sanctification is progressive conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.

    His feet was a sanctify bronze like it was passed through the furnace.

    Etymology: Purification

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on October 31, 2023  

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  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

Examples of sanctify in a Sentence

  1. Yitzhak Rabin:

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

  2. Kahlil Gibran:

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

  3. Avigdor Lieberman:

    For our part we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement, and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation with meet a harsh response from the State of Israel.

  4. Kyle Kashuv:

    I truly believe this livestream -- learning about our Constitution and finding ways to save lives without infringing on our Constitution -- is the best way to sanctify the day and remember those who were lost in( the Parkland shooting) and in Columbine, i created this event to do just that.

  5. William Penn:

    A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it.

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  • heiligenGerman
  • santificarSpanish
  • vapauttaa, pyhittää, puhdistaaFinnish
  • consacrerFrench
  • naomhaichScottish Gaelic
  • santificare, purificare, consacrareItalian
  • pašventinti, apvalytiLithuanian
  • whakataputapu, whakatapuMāori
  • sanctifiëren, sanctificeren, wijden, ruggensteunen, inwijden, heilig verklaren, sacraliseren, verheiligen, louteren, zuiveren, verschonen, sancreren, consacreren, heiligenDutch
  • rense, tilgi, velsigne, vigsle, helliggjøreNorwegian
  • willkachayQuechua
  • одобря́ть, очища́ть, освяща́ть, санкциони́ровать, освяти́ть, одо́брить, очи́ститьRussian
  • kutsamakTurkish

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