transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English seintefien, sanctifien, from Anglo-French seintefier, sanctifier, from Late Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus sacred — more at saint Date: 14th century 1. to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use ; consecrate 2. to free from sin ; purify 3. a. to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to b. to give moral or social sanction to 4. to make productive of holiness or piety <
observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it — Deuteronomy 5:12(Douay Version)

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