evangelize late 14c., from O.Fr. evangeliser "to spread or preach the Gospel," and directly from M.L. or L.L. evangelizare, from Gk. euangelizesthai (see EVANGELIST (Cf. evangelist)). Related: Evangelized; evangelizing; evangelization.

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  • evangelize — e*van gel*ize ([ e]*v[a^]n j[e^]l*[imac]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {evangelized} ([ e]*v[a^]n j[e^]l*[imac]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {evangelizing} ([ e]*v[a^]n j[e^]l*[imac]*z[i^]ng)]. [F. [ e]vang[ e]lisre, LL. evangelizare, fr. Gr. e yaggeli zesqai.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Evangelize — E*van gel*ize, v. i. To preach the gospel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • evangelize — (Amer.) e van·ge·lize || laɪz v. preach the Christian gospel, seek to convert to Christianity; act as an evangelist; convert to Christianity; attempt to convince others to share great interest for particular beliefs and ideals (also… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • evangelize — (also evangelise) ► VERB 1) convert or seek to convert (someone) to Christianity. 2) preach the gospel. DERIVATIVES evangelization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • evangelize — [ē van′jə līz΄, ivan′jə līz΄] vt. evangelized, evangelizing [ME evangelisen < OFr evangeliser < LL(Ec) evangelizare < LGr(Ec) euangelizein < euangelion: see EVANGEL] 1. to preach the gospel to 2. to convert to Christianity vi. to… …   English World dictionary

  • evangelize — UK [ɪˈvændʒəlaɪz] / US [ɪˈvændʒəˌlaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms evangelize : present tense I/you/we/they evangelize he/she/it evangelizes present participle evangelizing past tense evangelized past participle evangelized 1) to… …   English dictionary

  • evangelize — e|van|ge|lize also evangelise BrE [ıˈvændʒılaız] v [I and T] to try to persuade people to become Christians ▪ an attempt to evangelize the whole nation …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • evangelize — [[t]ɪvæ̱nʤəlaɪz[/t]] evangelizes, evangelizing, evangelized VERB If someone evangelizes a group or area, they try to convert people to their religion, especially Christianity. [V n] Irish monks had settled there in the seventh century to… …   English dictionary

  • evangelize — verb his calling is to evangelize the downtrodden in these poor neighborhoods evangelizing in the West Indies Syn: convert, proselytize, redeem, save, preach to, recruit; act as a missionary, missionize, crusade, campaign …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • evangelize — verb ( lized; lizing) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to preach the gospel to 2. to convert to Christianity intransitive verb to preach the gospel • evangelization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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