evangelize

verb
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.

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In short, should the alt-right look like Nazis to appear strong and get straight to the point, or should the alt-right not look like Nazis in order to more successfully evangelize for the cause? Jane Coaston, Vox, "The alt-right is debating whether to try to look less like Nazis," 10 Aug. 2018 Ivy has been with Cirrus most of her career, selling planes, flying them, evangelizing the very idea of personal flight. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Flying," 14 May 2019 When not evangelizing about four-door coupes, he can be found watching The Real Housewives with his two cats. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Daniel Golson," 10 May 2019 Qualcomm opened its Snapdragon Technology Summit as a cheerleader, evangelizing the 5G wireless technology that’s rolling out worldwide from chipmakers, carriers, and smartphone makers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G," 4 Dec. 2018 Gass may have been mocking religious hucksters but the speech of the land was part of him, and his ranging, learned works of literary criticism sometimes remind you of a stem-winding tent revivalist evangelizing for Rilke or Rabelais. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘The William H. Gass Reader’ Review: The Speech of the Land Was Part of Him," 1 Nov. 2018 His daily, often controversial posts earn tens of thousands of likes and shares, evangelizing a new, different audience from that of his father. Elizabeth Dias, Time, "Why the Graham Family Dynamic Reveals the Evangelical Movement’s Rifts," 1 Mar. 2018 In a copy of the letter seen by the AP, North Korea accused Zhang of conspiring with Han in a plot to evangelize North Koreans, smuggle them out of the country and subvert the North’s government. Washington Post, "Missionaries at border spread Christianity to North Korea," 5 Apr. 2018 Paul, a convert to Christianity who went around evangelizing people, was a known troublemaker, said Douglas Campbell, a professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Emily Mcfarlan Miller And Yonat Shimron, USA TODAY, "Why is Jeff Sessions quoting Romans 13 and why is the bible verse so often invoked?," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of evangelize

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

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evangelize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of evangelize

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

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