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- (transitive) To invest with dignity or honour.
- 1616, Ben Jonson, Inviting A Friend To Supper:
- Your worth will dignify our feast.
- (transitive) To give distinction to.
- 1918, Norman Lindsay, The Magic Pudding, Sydney: Angus and Robertson, page 10:
- Or, when more deeply moved, he would exclaim--
"As noble thoughts the inward being grace,
So noble whiskers dignify the face."
- (transitive) To exalt in rank.
- (transitive, chiefly in the negative) To treat as worthy or acceptable; to indulge or condone by acknowledging.
- I will not dignify that comment with a response.
to invest with dignity or honour