dignify - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/ˈdɪɡnɪfaɪ/
present tense
I/you/we/theydignify
he/she/itdignifies
present participledignifying
past tensedignified
past participledignified
  1. to make something or someone seem more important than they really are

    I won’t dignify his abuse by reacting to it.