evan·​ge·​lize | \i-ˈvan-jə-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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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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 Kurtz-Phelan’s detailed account of the diplomatic mission’s failure reads like a parable of America’s evangelizing idealism and paternalistic hubris. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 16 June 2018 The whole point of this showcase, apart from using it to pitch Spielberg's movie, is to evangelize uses of VR beyond the game room. Lisa Napoli, chicagotribune.com, "'Ready Player One' VR experience: I'm not ready," 26 Mar. 2018 But the Argentine pontiff clearly believes that emphasizing a poor church ministering to the world’s outcasts is a more authentic, appealing — and ultimately evangelizing — global message than a defense of orthodoxy and Europe’s Christian roots. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "As Ireland joins Europe’s sprint from Catholic fold, Francis looks south," 27 May 2018 And while that’s surely a one-of-a-kind experience, Groban—a musician, actor, and producer himself—is no stranger to evangelizing for the arts. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Josh Groban Opens Up About Hosting the Tonys and Why Arts Education is So Important to Him," 16 May 2018

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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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