verb (beatifies, beatifying, beatified)[with object]
- (In the Roman Catholic Church) announce the beatification of: he beatified Juan Diego, an Indian believed to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1531More example sentences
- There is now a shelf of books assessing Pius's career, the most contentious of which, John Cornwell's 1999 study Hitler's Pope, may well have set back the Vatican's schedule for beatifying the pontiff.
- One such woman was Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who will be beatified today in Rome.
- Instead, the Vatican has only recently beatified a number of senior Church officials who were killed during the Spanish Civil War.
mid 16th century (in the sense 'make blessed or supremely happy'): from Old French beatifier or ecclesiastical Latin beatificare, from Latin beatus 'blessed'.