dignify

[dig-nuh-fahy]
verb (used with object), dignified, dignifying.
1.
to confer honor or dignity upon; honor; ennoble.
2.
to give a high-sounding title or name to; confer unmerited distinction upon: to dignify pedantry by calling it scholarship.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English dignifien < Old French dignefier < Medieval Latin dignificāre, equivalent to Latin dign(us) worthy + -ificāre -ify

overdignify, verb (used with object), overdignified, overdignifying.
quasi-dignifying, adjective
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dignify (ˈdɪɡnɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to invest with honour or dignity; ennoble
2.  to add distinction to: the meeting was dignified by the minister
3.  to add a semblance of dignity to, esp by the use of a pretentious name or title: she dignifies every plant with its Latin name
 
[C15: from Old French dignifier, from Late Latin dignificāre, from Latin dignus worthy + facere to make]

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dignify
1520s, from O.Fr. dignefier, from M.L. dignificare, from dignus (see dignity) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious).
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Example sentences
Puffy hopes to dignify the urban life and package it for people who may never
  have entered a city.
Neither should one dignify such models with labels that would suggest they are
  axiomatic when they clearly are not.
We do not intend to dignify this charge with an extended reply.
The goal is to dignify the role of parents as change agents within community
  and government by building their capacity.
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