Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To declare (a deceased person) to be a saint and entitled to be fully honored as such.
  • transitive v. To include in the biblical canon.
  • transitive v. To include in a literary canon.
  • transitive v. To approve as being within canon law.
  • transitive v. To treat as sacred; glorify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To establish as a formal, standard rule.
  • v. To declare (a person) as a saint.
  • v. To glorify; to exalt to the highest honour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints.
  • transitive v. To glorify; to exalt to the highest honor.
  • transitive v. To rate as inspired; to include in the canon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To enroll officially in the canon or catalogue of the saints; declare to be a saint; regard as a saint. See canonization.
  • To admit into the canon, as of Scripture.
  • To embody in canons.
  • Also spelled canonise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat as a sacred person
  • v. declare (a dead person) to be a saint

Etymologies

canon +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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