from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive verb To set apart for sacred use; consecrate.
- transitive verb To make holy; purify.
- transitive verb To give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow.
- transitive verb To give social or moral sanction to.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To make holy or clean, either ceremonially or morally and spiritually; purify or free from sin.
- To consecrate; set apart from a common to a sacred use; hallow or render sacred; invest with a sacred or elevated character: said of things or persons.
- To make efficient as a means of holiness; render productive of spiritual blessing.
- To make free from guilt; give a religious or a legal sanction to.
- To keep pure; render inviolable.
- To celebrate or confess as holy.
- Synonyms To hallow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow.
- transitive verb To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.
- transitive verb To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
- transitive verb To impart or impute sacredness, venerableness, inviolability, title to reverence and respect, or the like, to; to secure from violation; to give sanction to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To make
holy; to consecrate. Set aside for sacredor ceremonialuse.
- verb transitive To free from
sin; to purify.
- verb transitive To make
acceptableor usefulunder religiouslaw or practice.
- verb transitive To
endorsewith religious sanction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make pure or free from sin or guilt
- verb render holy by means of religious rites
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The simplest meaning of the word sanctify is to separate or to devote to sacred uses.
The word sanctify means simply "to make holy" (L., sanctificare = sanctus, holy, + ficare, to make).
The word sanctify means “to make holy, or to set apart.”
But since some of these objects were intelligent beings, and the others were in control of such, the word sanctify denotes these ones 'formal surrender of themselves and their possessions to God.
They're elected leaders and are supposed to "sanctify" the results of the voters and make sure we don't accidentally choose a loser.
When Israel under Joshua arrived at the Jordan River, they were commanded by the Lord to "sanctify" themselves and prepare to cross over.
The word "sanctify" means to set apart, or appoint to service.
English Version takes it not of the priests, but the guests bidden, who also had to "sanctify" or purify themselves before coming to the sacrificial feast (1Sa 9: 13, 22; 16: 5).
Sanctify unto me all the first-born -- To "sanctify" means to
Whatever you do after that to 'sanctify' your union is up to you and your church.