secularize

verb

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

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
secularizer noun

Example Sentences

attempts to secularize the government The government secularized the hospital.
Recent Examples on the Web Early campaigns for financial reorganization gave way to ambitious attempts to secularize the inhabitants of monastic houses on a scale unseen in any other national church—with dramatic social as well as economic consequences. Crawford Gribben, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Benedictines sympathize with the first two groups but tend to be more pessimistic about the prospects for national political or top-down solutions while the culture continues to secularize. Damon Linker, The Week, 13 July 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of secularize was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Secularize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secularize. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

secularize

verb

sec·​u·​lar·​ize ˈsek-yə-lə-ˌrīz How to pronounce secularize (audio)
secularized; secularizing
1
: to make secular
2
: to transfer to civil use, possession, or control from that of the church
secularization noun

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