canonize

verb
can·​on·​ize | \ ˈka-nə-ˌnīz How to pronounce canonize (audio) \
canonized\ ˈka-​nə-​ˌnīzd How to pronounce canonized (audio) ; in "Hamlet" usually  kə-​ˈnä-​ˌnīzd How to pronounce canonized (audio) \; canonizing

Definition of canonize

transitive verb

1 : to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint
2 : to make canonical
3 : to sanction by ecclesiastical authority
4 : to attribute authoritative sanction or approval to
5 : to treat as illustrious, preeminent, or sacred his mother had canonized all his timidities as common sense— Scott Fitzgerald

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Other Words from canonize

canonization \ ˌka-​nə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce canonization (audio) \ noun

Examples of canonize in a Sentence

She died 100 years ago and was canonized in Rome last year. a singing star so canonized by his fans that they refuse to believe anything bad about him
Recent Examples on the Web Riley Howell — the 21-year-old college student who was killed while stopping an active shooter on his campus earlier this year — is now forever canonized in the official Star Wars universe. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Lucasfilm Names Riley Howell, Who Died Stopping UNC Charlotte Shooter in April, Star Wars Jedi Master," 24 Dec. 2019 To some, Thunberg resembles Joan of Arc, the teenage visionary who led the French army into battle in the 15th century and was later canonized as a saint. Ellen Boucher, The Conversation, "The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet," 12 Dec. 2019 Pope John Paul II -- who in 1979 became the first pontiff to visit Mexico -- beatified then canonized Diego as a saint. Laura Rodríguez, chicagotribune.com, "Why 200,000 people travel each December on foot, by horse and even semitruck to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines," 11 Dec. 2019 To some, Thunberg resembles Joan of Arc, the teenage visionary who led the French army into battle in the 15th century and was later canonized as a saint. Ellen Boucher, The Conversation, "The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet," 12 Dec. 2019 In recent years, some pulp magazine stalwarts, most notably Dashiell Hammett and H.P. Lovecraft, have been canonized by the Library of America. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Johnston McCulley dreamed up Zorro 100 years ago. The masked avenger is still a thrill.," 10 July 2019 To some, Thunberg resembles Joan of Arc, the teenage visionary who led the French army into battle in the 15th century and was later canonized as a saint. Ellen Boucher, Quartz, "The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet," 17 Dec. 2019 In this episode, #SeeHer Story has chosen to look back at the life of Mother Teresa, who was canonized as a saint in 2016, and her lifelong dedication to serving the needy around the globe. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "#SeeHer Story Pays Homage to the Incredible Life of Mother Teresa in Episode 12," 20 Dec. 2019 John Henry Newman was canonized a saint a few weeks ago by the Catholic Church. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Roma Locuta Est, Deal With It," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of canonize

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canonize

Middle English, from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon catalog of saints, from Latin, standard

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17 Feb 2020

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“Canonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canonize. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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canonize

verb
How to pronounce canonize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of canonize

in the Roman Catholic Church : to officially give a dead person a special status as someone very holy : to declare (someone) to be a saint

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