Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make a god of; raise to the condition of a god.
  • transitive v. To worship or revere as a god: deify a leader.
  • transitive v. To idealize; exalt: deifying success.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make a god of (something or someone).
  • v. To treat as worthy of worship; to regard as a deity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make a god of; to exalt to the rank of a deity; to enroll among the deities; to apotheosize.
  • transitive v. To praise or revere as a deity; to treat as an object of supreme regard.
  • transitive v. To render godlike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a god of; exalt to the rank of a deity; enroll among the gods.
  • To regard as an object of worship; adore or worship as a deity.
  • To make godlike; exalt spiritually.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. consider as a god or godlike
  • v. exalt to the position of a God

Etymologies

Middle English deifien, from Old French deifier, from Late Latin deificāre, from deificus, deific; see deific.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French déifier, from Latin deificāre, from deus ("god"). (Wiktionary)

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