Definition of glorify in English:

glorify

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Praise and worship (God)

    ‘music is used to glorify God’
    • ‘Invoking and glorifying Him, praising and thanking Him and kneeling and prostrating before Him are the practical manifestations of worship.’
    • ‘Our purpose - to glorify and love our Creator - is not based on any particular state of our biological development.’
    • ‘Then the world will see our good works and glorify our Father who is in Heaven.’
    • ‘To glorify God or praise Him is to put one's request to Him, because He is aware of our needs and He responds to our glorification with grace and compassion.’
    • ‘We glorify him when we praise him, recount his blessings to us, and thank him for them.’
    • ‘They will honour and glorify the Lord Jesus who is worthy!’
    • ‘Thereafter one should praise and glorify Allah in the best manner and recite the following Dua.’
    • ‘We are changing God's glorious and holy celebration into an outreach enterprise, and He is no longer the center of attention; he's no longer honored and glorified in our worship.’
    • ‘And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.’
    • ‘It is designed to exalt Christ and glorify him in the minds and hearts of men and women, boys and girls.’
    • ‘The essential point, in my estimation, is to recall we live in a society that glorifies and worships the famous.’
    • ‘We see this as a long-term commitment that will glorify God and bless the people.’
    • ‘He taught me to put God first in my life and to glorify his name.’
    • ‘Then the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God.’
    • ‘On that day the distance will be closed and the entire redeemed creation will gratefully praise and glorify God.’
    • ‘This is the best way to glorify the god or gods of their faith.’
    • ‘With all her heart and soul, Mary magnified and glorified the Lord by proclaiming his greatness.’
    • ‘It glorifies celebrities, extols riches and promotes glamour.’
    • ‘The prayer times reflected the culture of this conference - seeking the presence of God and desiring to glorify him.’
    • ‘The songs that you are singing are not right and do not glorify God in any way.’
    • ‘I was just trying to point out that those songs are not right and are in no way glorifying to God.’
    • ‘Our culture glorifies the young, strong and beautiful.’
    • ‘With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.’
    give praise to, praise, extol, exalt, laud, worship, revere, reverence, venerate, pay homage to, pay tribute to, honour, adore, thank, give thanks to, bless
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    1. 1.1 Acknowledge and reveal the majesty and splendour of (God) by one's actions.
      ‘God can be glorified through a life of scholarship’
      • ‘There are positive aspects to his book, such as his emphasis on the need to glorify God in all that we do.’
      • ‘Determined to glorify God with her life, she willingly set aside one objective after another until she discovered that only in God's time and way could her deepest desires be fulfilled.’
      • ‘But when we and they share a common love and awe for God, we augment the sanctity of the world in glorifying God among the multitudes of peoples.’
      • ‘One is the attitude of excellence, you know, to seek to excel and glorify God with the gifts and talents and abilities that he has given us.’
      • ‘Essentially, church leaders are asking what it costs to operate the ministry that can glorify God.’
      • ‘Your end as man - who is soul as well as body - is to glorify God and enjoy him for ever.’
      • ‘First, art offers multiple, rich, and layered ways of speaking about and glorifying God, since art is unlimited in its range and expression.’
      • ‘Working for the church is a ministry, not a career; one does it to glorify God, not for remuneration.’
      • ‘The purpose of marriage is to glorify God as is taught by creation, redemption and eschatology.’
      • ‘Adam and Eve were not only to glorify God in behavior, but they were to offer intelligent glory and praise to God.’
      • ‘How exciting it is to use our spiritual gifts to glorify God and to grow to know the heart of a servant.’
      • ‘Here is an extract from his writings on the theme of faith glorifying God.’
      • ‘Do you not see that everyone in the heavens and Earth glorifies God, as do the birds with their outspread wings?’
  • 2Describe or represent as admirable, especially unjustifiably.

    ‘a football video glorifying violence’
    • ‘It has glorified this violence in books, films and newspapers.’
    • ‘No, I think it glorifies football violence and the timing of it couldn't be worse.’
    • ‘Our television shows, our video games, our music, and our movies all glorify violence.’
    • ‘It's undeniable that this is a genre of work that could be thought of as dangerous, glorifying violence and criminality.’
    • ‘We economists emphasize efficiency over equity, glorify greed, and exalt the achievements of free markets, to name just a few.’
    • ‘The majority of the film is set in Connecticut, and the production design is admirable, since it does not attempt to glorify the characters' lower class surroundings.’
    • ‘The historical quaintness described at each river-side town the men pass glorifies the grandeur of a long lost Britain.’
    • ‘His fame comes from films that, in general, glorify violence and backwardness.’
    • ‘But he dismisses criticism that the film glorifies violence and highlights the futility of life in the underworld.’
    • ‘In fact, I would say much of television does glorify violence.’
    • ‘But, at the same time, the cancers are helped to metastasise by a culture that too often glorifies delinquency, misogyny, drugdealing and violence.’
    • ‘I wasn't interested in glorifying the violence, I was interested in showing it as I felt it growing up and as I saw it.’
    • ‘The good thing is that he doesn't glorify the old violence.’
    • ‘A text purporting to describe a battle may have been composed to glorify the victor or excuse the loser.’
    • ‘Add to this a culture that glorifies violence and brutality, and the mix becomes explosive.’
    • ‘But in our zeal to do that, we go after everything that resembles violence or seems to glorify it.’
    • ‘After the war they were used to make films which glorified communism.’
    • ‘Officers believe it glorifies football violence and it is understood that they are probing the legality of the video.’
    • ‘The film does not glorify war and certainly does not present its characters as heroes.’
    • ‘He is leading an initiative to rewrite school books which he says unjustly glorify the partisans who struggled against fascism during World War Two.’
    ennoble, exalt, elevate, lift up, add dignity to, dignify, add lustre to, add distinction to, enhance, increase, augment, promote, boost
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French glorifier, from ecclesiastical Latin glorificare, from late Latin glorificus, from Latin gloria ‘glory’.

Pronunciation

glorify

/ˈɡlɔːrɪfʌɪ/