Meaning of “glorify” in the English Dictionary

"glorify" in English

See all translations

glorifyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɡlɔː.rɪ.faɪ/ us /ˈɡlɔːr.ə.faɪ/

to praise and honour God or a person:

There are 99 prayer beads - one for each way Allah can be glorified in the Koran.
A statue was erected to glorify the country's national heroes.

to describe or represent something in a way that makes it seem better or more important than it really is:

I didn't like the way the film glorified war/violence.
informal The limousine was really just a glorified taxi.
noun [ U ] uk /ˌɡlɔː.rɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌɡlɔːr.ə.fəˈkeɪ.ʃən/

He criticized the entertainment industry for the glorification of violence.
Cathedrals are built for the glorification of God.

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

"glorify" in American English

See all translations

glorifyverb [ T ]

us /ˈɡlɔr·əˌfɑɪ, ˈɡloʊr-/

to praise or honor someone or something, or to make someone or something seem more excellent than is actually true:

The film glorifies the past too much.
He has been glorified in the press.
noun [ U ] us /ˌɡlɔr·ə·fəˈkeɪ·ʃən, ˌɡloʊr-/

the glorification of wealth

(Definition of “glorify” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)