C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
sanctify for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (sæŋktɪfaɪ)
Word forms: sanctifies, sanctifying, sanctified
1. verb [usu passive]
If something is sanctified by a priest or other holy person, the priest or holy person officiallyapproves of it, or declares it to be holy. [beV-ed] ⇒ She is trying to make amends for her marriage not being sanctified.
If an organization or event sanctifies something, it makes it approved of and respected, or unable to be changed. [V n] ⇒ ...a law that sanctifies changes that have already occurred.