[ bee-at-uh-fahy ]
/ biˈæt əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), be·at·i·fied, be·at·i·fy·ing.

to make blissfully happy.
Roman Catholic Church. to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to specific religious honor.

Origin of beatify

1525–35; < Middle French beatifier < Late Latin beātificāre. See beatific

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for beatify


/ (bɪˈætɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(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
(tr) to make extremely happy

Derived Forms

beatification (bɪˌætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for beatify

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