secularize

verb
sec·​u·​lar·​ize | \ ˈse-kyə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce secularize (audio) \
secularized; secularizing

Definition of secularize

transitive verb

1 : to make secular
2 : to transfer from ecclesiastical to civil or lay use, possession, or control
3 : to convert to or imbue with secularism

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Other Words from secularize

secularizer noun

Examples of secularize in a Sentence

attempts to secularize the government The government secularized the hospital.
Recent Examples on the Web In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 In the 1920s, the Mexican government’s attempt to secularize the country sparks a rebellion known as the Cristero War. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of secularize

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Secularize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secularize. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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secularize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of secularize

: to take religion out of (something) : to make (something) secular
: to transfer the ownership or control of (something) from a religious organization to the state

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