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.
Recent Examples on the Web Senior Vatican officials contend that any deal would help Chinese Catholics practice and evangelize their faith. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality," 13 Feb. 2018 Instead of filing patents and keeping the life-saving design proprietary, Volvo chose to evangelize the innovation. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Hardware Security Keys: A Seatbelt for the Internet?—Cyber Saturday," 7 Sep. 2019 According to Ed Hamilton, a rum expert, bottler, and importer who evangelizes about rum at ministryofrum.com, the rum renaissance has arrived because it can be made anywhere in the world (unlike regional liquors like bourbon or Scotch). Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, "Why Craft Rum Is Getting Weird," 31 Aug. 2019 Prominent sports figures across the spectrum, from Clemson’s Dabo Swinney to Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers to seven-time NCAA women’s lacrosse champion Kelly Amonte Hiller, have been influenced by Gordon’s evangelizing. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Ehlinger, Longhorns ready to make their own noise," 17 Aug. 2019 That patient was a pastor who had left South Kivu to evangelize in Butembo, a center of the current Ebola outbreak. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Officials feared Ebola would reach this transit hub. Now a second person has the disease," 31 July 2019 The organization, which has about four hundred members—including the Shakespearean actors Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance, who are honorary trustees—is dedicated to researching the authorship question and evangelizing about de Vere. Tyler Foggatt, The New Yorker, "Justice Stevens’s Dissenting Shakespeare Theory," 29 July 2019 At the Colorado Tiny House Festival in June, thousands of people came to Brighton to evangelize or learn about tiny home living. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at forefront of the movement.," 5 July 2019 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

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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