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English definition of “sanctify”

sanctify

verb [T] uk   /ˈsæŋk.tɪ.faɪ/ us  
formal to make an event or place holyReligious practices to make something socially or officially acceptable: a practice sanctified by many years of traditionAccepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
sanctification
noun [U] uk   /ˌsæŋk.tɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us    /-t̬ɪ-/ formal
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