preconize

transitive verb

preco·​nize
-ed/-ing/-s
1
: to announce or commend publicly
2
: to summon publicly or by name
3
Roman Catholicism : to approve (a high ecclesiastical appointment) publicly by papal proclamation in consistory

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin praeconizare, from Latin praecon-, praeco herald, crier (probably from praedicare to proclaim publicly) + Late Latin -izare -ize

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“Preconize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preconize. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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