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From Anglo-Norman seintefier, from Old French saintefier, from Late Latin sānctificō, from Latin sānctus (holy) + faciō (do, make). Form altered to conform with Latin.



sanctify (third-person singular simple present sanctifies, present participle sanctifying, simple past and past participle sanctified)

  1. (transitive) To make holy; to consecrate. Set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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