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Etymology Edit

From Middle English ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir. Equivalent to en- +‎ noble.

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈnəʊbəl/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊbəl

Verb Edit

ennoble (third-person singular simple present ennobles, present participle ennobling, simple past and past participle ennobled)

  1. To bestow with nobility, honour or grace.
    Synonyms: elevate, invest, knight, lord
    • 2020, Francine Prose, “Has Trump learned anything from Covid-19? Absolutely not”, in The Grauniad[1]:
      We’d like to believe that suffering instructs and ennobles.
  2. To perform on a fabric the industrial processes of dry-cleaning, printing and embossing, and sizing and finishing.

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