(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sanctified (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sanctifying (?).] [F. sanctifier, L. sanctificare; sanctus holy + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Saint, and -fy.] 1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow.
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God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.
Gen. ii. 3.
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Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments.
Lev. viii. 30.
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2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.
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Sanctify them through thy truth.
John xvii. 17.
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3. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
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A means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as to make me repent of that unjust act.
Eikon Basilike.
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4. To impart or impute sacredness, venerableness, inviolability, title to reverence and respect, or the like, to; to secure from violation; to give sanction to.
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The holy man, amazed at what he saw,
Made haste to sanctify the bliss by law.
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Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line.
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