Meaning of “deify” in the English Dictionary

"deify" in British English

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deifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈdeɪ.ɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈdiː.ɪ.faɪ/

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.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌdeɪ.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdiː.ə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “deify” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)