WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•at•i•fy /biˈætəˌfaɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. Religion(in the Roman Catholic Church) to declare (a dead person) to be among the blessed and entitled to specific religious honor:The Church beatified Joan of Orleans.
be•at•i•fi•ca•tion /biˌætəfɪˈkeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]A beatification takes some time.[uncountable]a candidate for beatification.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
be•at•i•fy  (bē atə fī′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -fied, -fy•ing. 
  1. to make blissfully happy.
  2. [Rom. Cath. Ch.]to declare (a deceased person) to be among the blessed and thus entitled to specific religious honor.
  • Late Latin beātificāre. See beatific
  • Middle French beatifier
  • 1525–35

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

beatify /bɪˈætɪˌfaɪ/ vb ( -fies, -fying, -fied)
  1. (transitive) (of the pope) to declare formally that (a deceased person) showed a heroic degree of holiness in his or her life and therefore is worthy of public veneration: the first step towards canonization
  2. (transitive) to make extremely happy
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre to make blessed; see beatific

beatification /bɪˌætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ n

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