transitive verb

: to announce or commend publicly
: to summon publicly or by name
Roman Catholicism : to approve (a high ecclesiastical appointment) publicly by papal proclamation in consistory

Word History


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

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“Preconize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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