from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To set apart for sacred use; consecrate.
- transitive v. To make holy; purify.
- transitive v. To give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow: sanctify a marriage.
- transitive v. To give social or moral sanction to.
- transitive v. To make productive of holiness or spiritual blessing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make holy; to consecrate. Set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
- v. To free from sin; to purify.
- v. To make acceptable or useful under religious law or practice.
- v. To endorse with religious sanction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow.
- transitive v. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.
- transitive v. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
- transitive v. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make pure or free from sin or guilt
- v. render holy by means of religious rites
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.