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tr.v. dei·fied, dei·fy·ing, dei·fies
1. To make a god of; raise to the condition of a god.
2. To worship or revere as a god: deify a leader.
3. To idealize; exalt: deifying success.
[Middle English deifien, from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from deificus, deific; see deific.]
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. (Theology) to exalt to the position of a god or personify as a god
2. (Theology) to accord divine honour or worship to
3. to exalt in an extreme way; idealize
[C14: from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from Latin deus god + facere to make]
v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity.
2. to exalt as an object of worship: to deify wealth.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old French deifier < Late Latin deificāre, derivative of deificus making divine = Latin dei-, comb. form of deus god + -ficus -fic]
Past participle: deified
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|Verb||1.||deify - consider as a god or godlike; "These young men deify financial success"|
|2.||deify - exalt to the position of a God; "the people deified their King"|
exalt - raise in rank, character, or status; "exalted the humble shoemaker to the rank of King's adviser"
1. worship, adore, revere, respect, honour, glorify, exalt, pray to, venerate, adulate, apotheosize Apollo's son Asclepius was deified as the god of medicine.