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English definition of “deify”

deify

verb [T] uk   /ˈdeɪ.ɪ.faɪ/ us  
to make someone or something into a god: The Romans used to deify their emperors. disapproving to consider someone or something to be so important that they are almost like a god: Pelé was deified by his fans.
deification
noun [U] uk   /ˌdeɪ.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌdiː.ə-/
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