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 for sanctify
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sanctify \Sanc"ti*fy\, 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. --Dryden.
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              Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. --Pope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sanctify
      v 1: render holy by means of religious rites [syn: consecrate,
           bless, hallow, sanctify] [ant: deconsecrate,
           desecrate, unhallow]
      2: make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery
         purified" [syn: purify, purge, sanctify]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  40 Moby Thesaurus words for "sanctify":
     aggrandize, apotheose, apotheosize, beatify, bless, canonize,
     cleanse, confirm, consecrate, crown, dedicate, deify, devote,
     elevate, ennoble, enshrine, enthrone, exalt, glamorize, glorify,
     hallow, immortalize, justify, legalize, legitimate, legitimatize,
     legitimize, license, lionize, magnify, make legendary, purify,
     raise, ratify, saint, sanction, set apart, set up, throne,
     uplift
  
  

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