canonizes, canonizing, canonized
VERB: usu passive
If a dead person is canonized, it is officially announced by the Catholic Church that he or she is a saint.

[be V-ed] Joan of Arc was finally canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.

Derived words:
canonization [[t]kæ̱nənaɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n, AM -nɪz-[/t]] N-UNCOUNT

...a celebration of the saint's canonization.

(in BRIT, also use canonise)

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Canonize — Can on*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Canonized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Canonizing}.] [F. canoniser or LL. canonizare, fr. L. canon.. See {Canon}.] 1. (Eccl.) To declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints; as, Thomas a Becket… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • canonize — index elevate, honor Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • canonize — (v.) late 14c., to place in the canon or calendar of saints, from O.Fr. cannonisier and directly from M.L. canonizare, from L.L. canon church rule (see CANON (Cf. canon) (n.1)). Related: Canonized; cannonizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • canonize — (Amer.) can·on·ize || kænÉ™naɪz v. make into a saint; pronounce holy; treat as a sacred person, idolize somebody; make canonical (also canonise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • canonize — [v] sanctify; idolize apotheosize, beatify, besaint, bless, consecrate, dedicate, deify, glorify, idolatrize, love, put on a pedestal*, saint, worship; concepts 32,367 …   New thesaurus

  • canonize — (also canonise) ► VERB 1) (in the Roman Catholic Church) officially declare (a dead person) to be a saint. 2) sanction by Church authority. DERIVATIVES canonization noun. ORIGIN Latin canonizare admit as authoritative …   English terms dictionary

  • canonize — [kan′ən īz΄] vt. canonized, canonizing [ME canonizen < LL(Ec) canonizare: see CANON1 + IZE] 1. to declare (a deceased person) a saint in formal church procedure 2. to glorify 3. to put in the Biblical canon …   English World dictionary

  • canonize — UK [ˈkænənaɪz] / US [ˈkænəˌnaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms canonize : present tense I/you/we/they canonize he/she/it canonizes present participle canonizing past tense canonized past participle canonized to announce officially that someone is… …   English dictionary

  • canonize — verb Canonize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑saint …   Collocations dictionary

  • canonize — transitive verb (canonized; canonizing) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon catalog of saints, from Latin, standard Date: 14th century 1. to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • canonize — canonization, n. canonizer, n. /kan euh nuyz /, v.t., canonized, canonizing. 1. Eccles. to place in the canon of saints. 2. to glorify. 3. to make canonical; place or include within a canon, esp. of scriptural works: They canonized the Song of… …   Universalium

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