- to preach the gospel to.
- to convert to Christianity.
- to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.
Also especially British, e·van·ge·lise.
Origin of evangelize
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Was its vitality as an evangelizer exhausted in converting Lincoln?Abraham Lincoln: Was He A Christian?
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- to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
- (intr) to advocate a cause with the object of making converts
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Word Origin and History for evangelizer
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.
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