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canonize (v.)

late 14c., "to place officially in the canon or calendar of saints," from Old French canonisier and directly from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon "church rule, catalogue of saints" (see canon (n.1)). Related: Canonized; canonizing.

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Definitions of canonize

canonize (v.)
declare (a dead person) to be a saint;
After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized
Synonyms: canonise / saint
canonize (v.)
treat as a sacred person;
He canonizes women
Synonyms: canonise
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