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dig·ni·fy

 (dĭg′nə-fī′)
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 Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

dignify

(ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ)
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]

dig•ni•fy

(ˈdɪg nəˌfaɪ)

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.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French dignefier < Medieval Latin dignificāre= Latin dign(us) worthy + -i- -i- + -ficāre -fy]

dignify


Past participle: dignified
Gerund: dignifying

Imperative
dignify
dignify
Present
I dignify
you dignify
he/she/it dignifies
we dignify
you dignify
they dignify
Preterite
I dignified
you dignified
he/she/it dignified
we dignified
you dignified
they dignified
Present Continuous
I am dignifying
you are dignifying
he/she/it is dignifying
we are dignifying
you are dignifying
they are dignifying
Present Perfect
I have dignified
you have dignified
he/she/it has dignified
we have dignified
you have dignified
they have dignified
Past Continuous
I was dignifying
you were dignifying
he/she/it was dignifying
we were dignifying
you were dignifying
they were dignifying
Past Perfect
I had dignified
you had dignified
he/she/it had dignified
we had dignified
you had dignified
they had dignified
Future
I will dignify
you will dignify
he/she/it will dignify
we will dignify
you will dignify
they will dignify
Future Perfect
I will have dignified
you will have dignified
he/she/it will have dignified
we will have dignified
you will have dignified
they will have dignified
Future Continuous
I will be dignifying
you will be dignifying
he/she/it will be dignifying
we will be dignifying
you will be dignifying
they will be dignifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dignifying
you have been dignifying
he/she/it has been dignifying
we have been dignifying
you have been dignifying
they have been dignifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dignifying
you will have been dignifying
he/she/it will have been dignifying
we will have been dignifying
you will have been dignifying
they will have been dignifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dignifying
you had been dignifying
he/she/it had been dignifying
we had been dignifying
you had been dignifying
they had been dignifying
Conditional
I would dignify
you would dignify
he/she/it would dignify
we would dignify
you would dignify
they would dignify
Past Conditional
I would have dignified
you would have dignified
he/she/it would have dignified
we would have dignified
you would have dignified
they would have dignified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dignify - confer dignity or honor upon; "He was dignified with a title"
honor, honour, reward - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
2.dignify - raise the status of; "I shall not dignify this insensitive remark with an answer"
elevate, lift, raise - raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty"

dignify

verb distinguish, honour, grace, raise, advance, promote, elevate, glorify, exalt, ennoble, aggrandize I see no point in dignifying this kind of speculation with a response

dignify

verb
1. To raise to a high position or status:
2. To lend dignity or honor to by an act or favor:
Translations

dignify

[ˈdɪgnɪfaɪ] VT
1. (= exalt) → dignificar
2. (= lend credence to) (gen) → honrar, otorgar reconocimiento a; (with title) → dar un título altisonante a
I see no point in dignifying this speculation with a commentme parece que estas especulaciones no son siquiera dignas de comentario

dignify

vtehren, auszeichnen; to dignify somebody/something with the name of …jdn/etw mit dem anspruchsvollen Namenbelegen

dignify

[ˈdɪgnɪˌfaɪ] vt
a. (make impressive, building) → nobilitare
b. (make respectable) → dare dignità a
I wouldn't dignify that question with an answer → è una domanda che non merita risposta
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said Jo to herself, when she at length discovered that genuine good will toward one's fellow men could beautify and dignify even a stout German teacher, who shoveled in his dinner, darned his own socks, and was burdened with the name of Bhaer.
Athos is not a man to be thwarted; he, like Porthos, has obliged his peasantry to call him `my lord,' and to dignify his pettifogging place by the name of chateau.
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There was no more heavy beneficence, no more attempts to dignify the situation with poetry or the Scriptures.
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Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands, and fail to keep in mind that we shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful.
An eminent philosopher among my friends, who can dignify even your ugly furniture by lifting it into the serene light of science, has shown me this pregnant little fact.
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There was a time when I thought as you do--at least, I was fully persuaded that home and its affections were the only things that made life tolerable: that, if deprived of these, existence would become a burden hard to be endured; but now I have no home--unless you would dignify my two hired rooms at Horton by such a name;--and not twelve months ago I lost the last and dearest of my early friends; and yet, not only I live, but I am not wholly destitute of hope and comfort, even for this life: though I must acknowledge that I can seldom enter even an humble cottage at the close of day, and see its inhabitants peaceably gathered around their cheerful hearth, without a feeling ALMOST of envy at their domestic enjoyment.
My work is nearly finished, if indeed I may dignify it by the name of work.
Polly's face shone as if the prospect was full of pleasure instead of work, and the hearty good will with which she undertook the new task, seemed to dignify her humble hopes and plans, and make them interesting in the sight of others.
The solemn purpose cannot dignify, but only accentuates by