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

Other Words from evangelize

evangelization \ i-​ˌvan-​jə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce evangelize (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 For the last 49 years, throngs of activists have poured into Washington on the anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade to evangelize their message, lobby Congress and march down Independence Avenue for their beliefs. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 22 Jan. 2022 The answer is clear: Compliance will require business to educate and evangelize across their organizations. Ursula Morgenstern, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 In order to do so, leaders have to create a culture where employees proactively want to evangelize the organization. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Keith Rabois, a partner at the investment firm Founders Fund, moved to Miami in December 2020 and promptly began to evangelize the city. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 21 Dec. 2021 Builders of prefab houses that grace Dwell and Architectural Digest evangelize specific construction techniques and frame them as panacea for all housing woes. Diana Budds, Curbed, 6 Dec. 2021 Those who survive are grizzled veterans who evangelize the gristmill of the tech mindset. The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 Nov. 2021 When a company's success hinges on content, stakeholders not only understand the value of content but also evangelize it in its many forms. Melissa Zehner, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Tonkin, his writings show, encouraged Indigenous converts to evangelize. Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of evangelize

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

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“Evangelize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evangelize. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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