evangelize

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verb evan·ge·lize \ i-ˈvan-jə-ˌlīz \

Definition of evangelize

evangelized; evangelizing
transitive verb
1 :to preach the gospel to
2 :to convert to Christianity
intransitive verb
:to preach the gospel

evangelization

play \i-ˌvan-jə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

evangelizer

noun

Examples of evangelize in a Sentence

  1. The missionaries set out to evangelize the world.

  2. They were evangelizing about the importance of saving energy.

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First Known Use of evangelize

14th century


EVANGELIZE Defined for English Language Learners

evangelize

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Definition of evangelize for English Language Learners

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


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