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Late Latin, from sānctus (holy) + faciō (do, make).



present active sānctificō, present infinitive sānctificāre, perfect active sānctificāvī, supine sānctificātum

  1. I consecrate; make holy; set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
    • 405, Jerome and others, Vulgate, Genesis 2:3
      et benedixit diei septimo et sanctificavit illum quia in ipso cessaverat ab omni opere suo quod creavit Deus ut faceret
      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. I purify; I free from sin.
    • 405, Jerome and others, Vulgate, ad Corinthios I 6:11
      et haec quidam fuistis sed abluti estis sed sanctificati estis sed iustificati estis in nomine Domini nostri Iesu Christi et in Spiritu Dei nostri
      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.
  3. I make acceptable or useful under religious law or practice.
    • 405, Jerome and others, Vulgate, ad Timotheum I 4:4-5
      quia omnis creatura Dei bona et nihil reiciendum quod cum gratiarum actione percipitur: sanctificatur enim per verbum Dei et orationem
      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


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