Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb 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 verb To exalt; glorify.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
  • transitive verb To make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment.
  • transitive verb (R. C. Ch.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make blissful.
  • verb transitive To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely blessed, or as conferring happiness.
  • verb transitive, Roman Catholicism To carry out the third of four steps in canonization, making someone a saint.

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

  • verb declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
  • verb make blessedly happy
  • verb fill with sublime emotion

Etymologies

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

[French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre : Latin beātus, happy; see beatific + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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