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ennoble

[en-noh-buh l] /ɛnˈnoʊ bəl/
verb (used with object), ennobled, ennobling.
1.
to elevate in degree, excellence, or respect; dignify; exalt:
a personality ennobled by true generosity.
2.
to confer a title of nobility on.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English ennobelen < Middle French, Old French ennoblir. See en-1, noble
Related forms
ennoblement, noun
ennobler, noun
ennoblingly, adverb
unennobled, adjective
unennobling, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ennobling

ennoble

/ɪˈnəʊbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make noble, honourable, or excellent; dignify; exalt
2.
to raise to a noble rank; confer a title of nobility upon
Derived Forms
ennoblement, noun
ennobler, noun
ennobling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ennobling

ennoble

v.

late 15c. (implied in ennobled), from Middle French ennoblir; see en- (1) + noble (adj.). Related: Ennobling.

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