[ bee-at-uh-fahy ]
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verb (used with object),be·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make blissfully happy.

  2. Roman Catholic Church. to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and therefore entitled to local but not universal veneration.: Compare canonize (def. 1).

Origin of beatify

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre; see beatific

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British Dictionary definitions for beatify


/ (bɪˈætɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) RC Church (of the pope) to declare formally that (a deceased person) showed a heroic degree of holiness in his or her life and therefore is worthy of public veneration: the first step towards canonization

  2. (tr) to make extremely happy

Origin of beatify

C16: from Old French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre to make blessed; see beatific

Derived forms of beatify

  • beatification (bɪˌætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

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