verb (used with object), can·on·ized, can·on·iz·ing.
- canons regular,
Origin of canonize
Examples from the Web for canonize
The general council of Christians alone has the authority to canonize anyone or to order anyone to be adored as a saint.A Source Book for Mediaeval History|Oliver J. Thatcher
You will still be Saint Hilda, whatever church may canonize you.The Marble Faun, Volume II.|Nathaniel Hawthorne
But this could hardly be, for the king would not canonize himself, and it is he who will name them when founding them.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr|Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
Those who thus try to canonize Burns are no true friends to his memory.Robert Burns|Principal Shairp.
The Democracy, through all its organs, hastened to canonize him as one of the saints of its calendar.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)|John Greenleaf Whittier
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.