verb (used with object), can·on·ized, can·on·iz·ing.
Examples from the Web for canonise
Yet for some reason the Church, for which he did so much, has never seen fit to canonise this great Pope.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church|Alexander Clarence Flick
It was even proposed that the Pope should canonise Plato as a saint.
They will not call the fraudulent the fortunate, nor canonise him as successful, who has gotten his wealth by underhand means.The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)|George Adam Smith
Your pleasure will be my death, and then you'll canonise me perhaps?Droll Stories, Complete|Honore de Balzac
Formerly we used to canonise our great men; nowadays we vulgarise them.Reviews|Oscar Wilde
British Dictionary definitions for canonise
Word Origin and History for canonise
late 14c., "to place in the canon or calendar of saints," from Old French cannonisier and directly from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon "church rule" (see canon (n.1)). Related: Canonized; cannonizing.