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From French béatifier, from Medieval Latin beātifico (I bless).


  • IPA(key): /biːˈætɪfaɪ/
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beatify (third-person singular simple present beatifies, present participle beatifying, simple past and past participle beatified)

  1. (transitive) To make blissful.
  2. (transitive) To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
    • a. 1678 (date written), Isaac Barrow, “Sermon XLVI. The Consideration of our Latter End.”, in The Works of Dr. Isaac Barrow. [], volume III, London: A[braham] J[ohn] Valpy, [], published 1831, →OCLC, page 200:
      [T]hat assertion of the wise man: 'Labor not for riches; wilt thou set thy heart on that which is not?' it, well applied, will pluck down the high places reared to this great idol of clay in men's hearts: will confute the common conceits and phrases which so beatify wealth; []
  3. (transitive, Roman Catholicism) To carry out the third of four steps in canonization, making someone a blessed.

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