Meaning of “canonize” in the English Dictionary

"canonize" in British English

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canonizeverb [ T ]

UK usually canonise uk /ˈkæn.ə.naɪz/ us /ˈkæn.ə.naɪz/
noun [ C or U ] UK usually canonisation /ˌkæn.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ /ˌkæn.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/

the canonization of Mother Teresa

Examples from literature

  • Had I been pope, he should have been canonized on the spot. 
  • He was canonized as a saint. 
  • He was canonized both for his holy life and for his great zeal in art. 
  • It was for his learning and sanctity that he was canonized,—and singularly enough by Alexander VI., the worst pope who ever reigned. 
  • The peasants had canonized him already a hundred years before the sanctity of his work was officially recognized at Rome. 

(Definition of “canonize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)