dignify, v. 1. honor, ennoble, exalt, glorify; crown, enthrone, deify, make into a god, immortalize, apotheosize, Archaic, canonize; idolize, make bigger than life, idealize, put on a pedestal; elevate, raise, upraise, raise up, make lofty; lift, uplift, lift up, cast up; promote, advance, boost, upgrade, improve, ameliorate, better; enhance, intensify, magnify, heighten, increase, enlarge, aggrandize.
2. title, entitle, confer a title upon, confer honors upon, give an honorary degree.
dignitary, n. chief or head of state, high official, notable, personage, Inf V.I.P., Archaic, dignity; SI. big shot, SI. biggie, SI. big gun, SI. big wheel, magnate; SI. big cheese, Fr. grand fromage, SI. fat cat, Si. heavy, Si. high-muck-a-muck; celebrity, Si. celeb, luminary, somebody, name, Inf big name, lion; star, hero, superstar, toast of the town.
dignity, n. 1. stateliness, noble bearing, distinguished air, gravity, reserve, solemnity, formality, formalness, ceremoniousness; class, impressiveness, imposingness, presence; greatness, augustness, grandness, grandeur, magnificence, majesty, splendor; sublimity, exaltedness, elevation, height, loftiness; eminence, high station or rank, high standing, honorable position.
2. nobility, nobleness, honorableness, worthiness, worth, respectability, respectableness, reputability, reputableness.
digress, v. 1. maunder, descant, be diffuse, be episodic, rhapsodize, wax longwinded, go off on or at a tangent, beat around the bush.
2. (all of writing or speaking) deviate, divagate, deflect, diverge, depart, excurse, run off; veer, straggle, turn aside; wander, ramble, meander, stray, drift, rove, lose one's way.
digression, n. 1. maundering, descanting, being diffuse, being episodic, rhapsodizing, waxing long-winded, circumlocution, going off on or at a tangent, beating around the bush; (all of writing or speaking) deviating, divagating, deflecting, diverging, departing, running off; (all of writing or speaking) veering, straggling, turning aside, wandering, rambling, meandering, straying, drifting, roving, losing one's way; (all of writing or speaking) deviation, divagation, deflection, divergence, departure, aberration, ramification, divarication, variation, alteration, declination, elongation, diversion, swerve.
2. excursus, excursion, rhapsody, incidental passage or excursion, Fig. side trip, Fig. trip to the country, Inf. side street; All Rhet. apostrophe, ecbole.
digressive, adj. diffuse, episodic, rhapsodic, excursive, discursive, desultory, deviate, deviant, divergent, deflective; circumlocutory, circumlocutional, circum-locutionary; veering, straggling; deviating, divagating, rambling, straying, wandering, meandering, drifting, roving.
dike, n. 1. dam, breakwater, pier, mole; embankment, bank, Phys. Geog. levee.
2. ditch, trench, channel, moat, fosse.
3. wall, rampart, bulwark, Fort, breastwork; railing, balustrade, Fort, parapet, Mil. earthwork, fence, palisade, Fort, stockade.
4. causeway, Brit. Dial, causey, raised path, viaduct, bridge.
5. barrier, bar, check, obstacle, hindrance, obstruction, impediment, barricade.
dilapidate, v. 1. disintegrate, crumble, break up, fall apart; erode, ablate, wear away, weather; decay, decompose, crumble into dust; deteriorate, degenerate, decline, sink, worsen, fall into disrepair or ruin.