- to proclaim or commend publicly.
- to summon publicly.
- Roman Catholic Church. (of the pope) to declare solemnly in consistory the appointment of (a new bishop or other high ecclesiastic).
Also especially British, pre·co·nise.
Origin of preconize
1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin praecōnizāre to herald, announce, equivalent to Latin praecōn- (stem of praecō) crier, herald + -izāre -ize
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- to announce or commend publicly
- to summon publicly
- (of the pope) to approve the appointment of (a nominee) to one of the higher dignities in the Roman Catholic Church
C15: from Medieval Latin praecōnīzāre to make an announcement, from Latin praecō herald