C16: from Old French beatifier, from Late Latin beātificāre to make blessed; see beatific
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Word forms: beatifies, beatifying, beatified
When the Catholic church beatifies someone who is dead, it declares officially that they were a holy person, usually as the first step towards making them a saint. [V n] ⇒ In May, Pope John Paul is to beatify Gianna Beretta.
beatification (biætɪfɪkeɪʃən)uncountable noun [+ of] ⇒ Thousands attended the beatification of Juan Diego.