[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. beaten track,
  2. beatenest,
  3. beater,
  4. beatific,
  5. beatification,
  6. beatinest,
  7. beating,
  8. beating-up,
  9. beatitude,
  10. beatitudes

Origin of beatify

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

Can be confusedbeatify beautify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsbeatification (bɪˌætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for beatify

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

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Word Origin and History for beatify



1530s, "to make very happy," from Middle French béatifer, from Late Latin beatificare "make happy, make blessed," from Latin beatus "supremely happy, blessed" (past participle of beare "to make happy, to bless") + -ficare, from stem of facere "to make, do" (see factitious). The Roman Catholic Church sense of "to pronounce as being in heavenly bliss" (1620s) is the first step toward canonization. Related: Beatified; beatifying.

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