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tr.v. dig·ni·fied, dig·ni·fy·ing, dig·ni·fies
1. To confer dignity or honor on; give distinction to: dignified him with a title.
2. To raise the status of (something unworthy or lowly); make honorable: would not dignify the insulting question with a response.
[Middle English dignifien, from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificāre : Latin dignus, worthy; see dek- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
2. to add distinction to: the meeting was dignified by the minister.
3. to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or title: she dignifies every plant with its Latin name.
[C15: from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificāre, from Latin dignus worthy + facere to make]
v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
2. to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon.
Past participle: dignified
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|Verb||1.||dignify - confer dignity or honor upon; "He was dignified with a title"|
|2.||dignify - raise the status of; "I shall not dignify this insensitive remark with an answer"|