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

  • transitive v. To give glory, honor, or high praise to; exalt.
  • transitive v. To cause to be or seem more glorious or excellent than is actually the case: Your descriptions have glorified an average house into a mansion.
  • transitive v. To give glory to, especially through worship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to exalt, or give glory or praise to (something or someone)
  • v. to make (something) appear to be more glorious than it is
  • v. to worship or extol

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make glorious by bestowing glory upon; to confer honor and distinction upon; to elevate to power or happiness, or to celestial glory.
  • transitive v. To make glorious in thought or with the heart, by ascribing glory to; to acknowledge the excellence of; to render homage to; to magnify in worship; to adore.
  • transitive v. To make (something or someone) appear to be more important, splendid, or valuable than would normally be thought.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give or ascribe glory or honor to; magnify and exalt with praises.
  • To make glorious; exalt to a state of glory.
  • To raise to a higher quality, condition, or consideration; make finer; improve; embellish; refine.
  • To vaunt; boast; exult.

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

  • v. bestow glory upon
  • v. elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
  • v. cause to seem more splendid
  • v. praise, glorify, or honor


Middle English glorifien, from Old French glorefier, from Latin glōrificāre : glōria, glory + -ficāre, -fy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English glorifien, from Anglo-Norman glorifier, from Old French, from Late Latin glorificō, from Latin gloria + faciō ("to make"). (Wiktionary)



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