1. [ verb ] (Roman Catholic) in the Catholic church; declare (a dead person) to be a saint
Synonyms: canonize saint beatify

"After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized"

Related terms: declare saint canon canonization
2. [ verb ] treat as a sacred person
Synonyms: canonize

"He canonizes women"

Related terms: laud
3. [ verb ] add in the canon or calendar of the saints
Synonyms: canonize

"He was canonized not long after his death"

Related terms: add canonization
Similar spelling:   canonised