from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To confer dignity or honor on; give distinction to: dignified him with a title.
- transitive v. To raise the status of (something unworthy or lowly); make honorable: would not dignify the insulting question with a response.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to invest with dignity or honour
- v. to give distinction to
- v. to exalt in rank
- v. to honor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To invest with dignity or honor; to make illustrious; to give distinction to; to exalt in rank; to honor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To invest with honor or dignity; exalt in rank or office; promote.
- To confer honor upon; make illustrious; give celebrity to; honor.
- To make worthy of admiration and respect; elevate.
- = Syn.1. To prefer, advance.
- To grace, adorn, ennoble, lend or give luster to.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. raise the status of
- v. confer dignity or honor upon
Middle English dignifien, from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificāre : Latin dignus, worthy; see dek- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificare; Latin dignus (worthy) + ficare (in comp.), facere (to make). See deign, and fact. (Wiktionary)