secularize


sec·u·lar·ize

transitive verb \ˈse-kyə-lə-ˌrīz\

: to take religion out of (something) : to make (something) secular

: to transfer the ownership or control of (something) from a religious organization to the state

sec·u·lar·izedsec·u·lar·iz·ing

Full Definition of SECULARIZE

1
:  to make secular
2
:  to transfer from ecclesiastical to civil or lay use, possession, or control
3
:  to convert to or imbue with secularism
sec·u·lar·i·za·tion \ˌse-kyə-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
sec·u·lar·iz·er noun

Examples of SECULARIZE

  1. attempts to secularize the government
  2. The government secularized the hospital.

First Known Use of SECULARIZE

1611

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