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verb (used with object), pre·co·nized, pre·co·niz·ing.
  1. to proclaim or commend publicly.
  2. to summon publicly.
  3. Roman Catholic Church. (of the pope) to declare solemnly in consistory the appointment of (a new bishop or other high ecclesiastic).
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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
Related formspre·co·ni·za·tion, nounpre·co·niz·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for preconized



verb (tr)
  1. to announce or commend publicly
  2. to summon publicly
  3. (of the pope) to approve the appointment of (a nominee) to one of the higher dignities in the Roman Catholic Church
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Derived Formspreconization or preconisation, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin praecōnīzāre to make an announcement, from Latin praecō herald
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