evan·​ge·​lize | \ i-ˈvan-jə-ˌlīz How to pronounce evangelize (audio) \
evangelized; evangelizing

Definition of evangelize

transitive verb

1 : to preach the gospel to
2 : to convert to Christianity

intransitive verb

: to preach the gospel

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Other Words from evangelize

evangelization \ i-​ˌvan-​jə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce evangelization (audio) \ noun
evangelizer noun

Examples of evangelize in a Sentence

The missionaries set out to evangelize the world. They were evangelizing about the importance of saving energy.
Recent Examples on the Web Poverty and conflicts For 50 years, the LeBarons migrated back and forth across the Mexico-U.S. border, with Alma’s sons serving as missionaries evangelizing on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Rebecca Janzen, The Conversation, "Mormons in Mexico: A brief history of polygamy, cartel violence and faith," 6 Nov. 2019 Each age begins in crisis but also with intense spiritual activity and a new sense of mission to evangelize the world. David P. Deavel, National Review, "Catholicism Confronts Modernity," 24 Oct. 2019 And foreign companies and their employees are excellent proxies for evangelizing China’s position. Isaac Stone Fish, Twin Cities, "Isaac Stone Fish: How China gets American companies to parrot its propaganda," 14 Oct. 2019 His success in Cleveland has captured attention far beyond the American Rust Belt, sending Mr. Howard around the world to evangelize. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "When a Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine," 10 Oct. 2019 Senior Vatican officials contend that any deal would help Chinese Catholics practice and evangelize their faith. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality," 13 Feb. 2018 Instead of filing patents and keeping the life-saving design proprietary, Volvo chose to evangelize the innovation. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Hardware Security Keys: A Seatbelt for the Internet?—Cyber Saturday," 7 Sep. 2019 According to Ed Hamilton, a rum expert, bottler, and importer who evangelizes about rum at ministryofrum.com, the rum renaissance has arrived because it can be made anywhere in the world (unlike regional liquors like bourbon or Scotch). Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "Why Craft Rum Is Getting Weird," 31 Aug. 2019 Prominent sports figures across the spectrum, from Clemson’s Dabo Swinney to Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers to seven-time NCAA women’s lacrosse champion Kelly Amonte Hiller, have been influenced by Gordon’s evangelizing. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Ehlinger, Longhorns ready to make their own noise," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of evangelize

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of evangelize

: to try to convert (a group or area) to a different religion (especially Christianity)

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