from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make blessedly happy.
- transitive v. Roman Catholic Church To proclaim (a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious veneration in a particular region or religious congregation.
- transitive v. To exalt above all others.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make blissful.
- v. To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
- v. To carry out the third of four steps in canonization, making someone a saint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
- transitive v. To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment.
- transitive v. To ascertain and declare, by a public process and decree, that a deceased person is one of “the blessed,” and is to be reverenced as such, though not canonized.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make supremely happy; bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment: as,“beatified spirits,”
- To pronounce or regard as happy, or as conferring happiness.
- Specifically In the Roman Catholic Church, to decree beatification.
- Hence To ascribe extraordinary virtue or excellence to; regard as saintly or exalted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
- v. make blessedly happy
- v. fill with sublime emotion
French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre : Latin beātus, happy; see beatific + Latin -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French béatifier, from Medieval Latin beātifico ("I bless") (Wiktionary)