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ˈkæn əˌnaɪzcan·on·ize

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. canonize, canonise, saintverb

    declare (a dead person) to be a saint

    "After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized"

  2. canonize, canoniseverb

    treat as a sacred person

    "He canonizes women"


  1. canonizeverb

    To establish as a formal, standard rule.

  2. canonizeverb

    To define someone as a saint.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Canonizeverb

    To declare any man a saint.

    Etymology: from canon, to put into the canon, or rule for observing festivals.

    The king, desirous to bring into the house of Lancaster celestial honour, became suitor to pope Julius, to canonize king Henry VI. for a saint. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    By those hymns all shall approve
    Us canoniz’d for love. John Donne.

    They have a pope too, who hath the chief care of religion, and of canonizing whom he thinks fit, and thence have the honour of saints. Edward Stillingfleet.


  1. canonize

    Canonization is the declaration of a deceased person as an officially recognized saint, specifically, the official act of a Christian communion declaring a person worthy of public veneration and entering their name in the canon catalogue of saints, or authorized list of that communion's recognized saints.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Canonizeverb

    to declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints; as, Thomas a Becket was canonized

  2. Canonizeverb

    to glorify; to exalt to the highest honor

  3. Canonizeverb

    to rate as inspired; to include in the canon

  4. Etymology: [F. canoniser or LL. canonizare, fr. L. canon.. See Canon.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of canonize in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of canonize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of canonize in a Sentence

  1. Guzman Carriquiry:

    They want to remove the only Hispanic there, exactly when the first Hispanic pope in history will canonize him. That would not be an extraordinary welcome in a land that puts itself forward as an example of multi-cultural tolerance.

  2. Pope Francis:

    In September, God willing, I will canonize Junipero Serra in the United States, who was the evangelizer of the west of the United States.

  3. Olin Tezcatlipoca:

    Our protest is to tell the Pope that by canonizing Junipero Serra, they want to canonize colonialism, they want to canonize white supremacy and they want to canonize the genocide of our people. And that is an immoral act.

  4. John Cavadini:

    He doesn’t thereby canonize or dogmatize a scientific theory, which by its very nature is subject to falsification and revision, but it is within the pope’s competence and authority to call attention to our moral responsibilities and duties in the face of the best scientific theory out there, especially when the consequences of not doing so are serious or even drastic, and where silence could be interpreted as scandalous.

  5. Jimmy Kimmel:

    My intention is not to canonize Kobe Bryant or make judgments about things I don't know anything about, but I will say Kobe Bryant loved Kobe Bryant family, Kobe Bryant worked very hard, and Kobe Bryant brought a lot of joy to a lot of people in this city and we're going to miss Kobe Bryant.

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