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 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 Next year’s president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities will be Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who has frequently used his platform to evangelize about regionalism. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, advocate of regionalism, elected 2021 president of state Conference of Municipalities," 21 Dec. 2020 Dias is a former missionary with New Tribes Mission, which seeks to contact and evangelize isolated tribes. Scott Wallace, National Geographic, "Tragic attack sparks concern for future of isolated Amazon tribes," 17 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, outside of Western societies, church schools became a major tool that Christian missionaries used to evangelize indigenous peoples. Andrew Barnes, The Conversation, "Schools looking for space could turn to churches to host classes – doing so has a rich history," 20 Aug. 2020 The book, and the education campaign it was launched with, tried to evangelize a more singing-centric society. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "A Return to the Original Purpose of Music," 9 Apr. 2020 The media watchdog Media Matters found that Fox News has been breathlessly evangelizing the drug to its elderly audience: 109 times over a three-day period in late March. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Hydroxychloroquine Became Conservative Media’s Coronavirus Miracle Drug," 8 Apr. 2020 Finding them today, though, without the efforts of the Direct Market to evangelize on behalf of our industry to readers everywhere would be next to impossible. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Image Comics Publisher Asks for Retailer Relief Amid Coronavirus Pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 The Kardashians have long evangelized waist trainers, wearing them at the gym or, especially, while relaxing at home. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "Kim Kardashian Has Learned Restraint," 6 Feb. 2020 Their attorney sent letters to the commissioner of Cultural Affairs in January and May, asking the commissioner to allow his clients to exercise their right to free speech and to change the rules that hinder their ability to evangelize. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Wheaton College students sue city, say rights to free speech, religious liberty were violated by guards booting them from Millennium Park, restricting access," 18 Sep. 2019

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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 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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