sanctify
Pronunciation
  • (British, America) IPA: /ˈsæŋk.tɪ.faɪ/
Verb

sanctify

  1. (transitive) To make holy; to consecrate; to set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 2:3 ↗:
      And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  2. (transitive) To free from sin; to purify.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Corinthians 6:11 ↗:
      And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ephesians 5:25-26 ↗:
      Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.
  3. (transitive) To make acceptable or useful under religious law or practice.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 1 Timothy 4:4-5 ↗:
      For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
  4. (transitive) To endorse with religious sanction.
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