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[ih-van-juh-lahyz] /ɪˈvæn dʒəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), evangelized, evangelizing.
to preach the gospel to.
to convert to Christianity.
verb (used without object), evangelized, evangelizing.
to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.
Also, especially British, evangelise.
Origin of evangelize
1350-1400; Middle English evangelisen < Late Latin evangelizāre < Late Greek euangelízein. See evangel1, -ize
Related forms
evangelization, noun
evangelizer, noun
unevangelized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for evangelize
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  • Again, Do we give as much as we ought to evangelize the heathen?

    Thoughts on Missions

    Sheldon Dibble
  • To attempt to evangelize them was to fly in the face of Providence.

    The Bridge of the Gods

    Frederic Homer Balch
  • There is no way to lift Europe so fast as to evangelize her sons who come to us.

  • I would go forth, methought, at once, and evangelize the whole of Flatland.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
  • And this is the mode of colonizationists to evangelize Africa!

    Thoughts on African Colonization William Lloyd Garrison
  • Is this a hopeful work, this effort to evangelize the foreigners?

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • A good sceptic is willing to help educate and civilize in a general way, but he will put forth no effort to evangelize.

    What and Where is God?

    Richard La Rue Swain
  • To be a Pariah was easy, and attempts to evangelize that class continued to be made in Madura up to the time of the Suppression.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for evangelize


to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
(intransitive) to advocate a cause with the object of making converts
Derived Forms
evangelization, evangelisation, noun
evangelizer, evangeliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for evangelize

late 14c., from Old French evangeliser "to spread or preach the Gospel," and directly from Medieval Latin or Late Latin evangelizare, from Greek euangelizesthai (see evangelist). Related: Evangelized; evangelizing; evangelization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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