canonize

verb can·on·ize \ ˈka-nə-ˌnīz \

Definition of canonize

canonized play \-ˌnīzd; in "Hamlet" usually kə-ˈnä-ˌnīzd\; canonizing
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

canonization

play \ˌka-nə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of canonize in a Sentence

  1. She died 100 years ago and was canonized in Rome last year.

  2. a singing star so canonized by his fans that they refuse to believe anything bad about him

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Origin and Etymology of canonize

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


CANONIZE Defined for English Language Learners

canonize

verb

Definition of canonize for English Language Learners

  • 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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