[ kris-chuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈkrɪs tʃəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), Chris·tian·ized, Chris·tian·iz·ing.

to make Christian.
to imbue with Christian principles.
Also especially British, Chris·tian·ise.

Origin of Christianize

First recorded in 1585–95; Christian + -ize
Related formsChris·tian·i·za·tion, nounChris·tian·iz·er, nounde-Chris·tian·ize, verb, de-Chris·tian·ized, de-Chris·tian·iz·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for christianize



/ (ˈkrɪstʃəˌnaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to make Christian or convert to Christianity
to imbue with Christian principles, spirit, or outlook
Derived FormsChristianization or Christianisation, nounChristianizer or Christianiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for christianize



1590s, from Christian + -ize. Originally intransitive as well as transitive. Related: Christianized; christianizing; christianization.

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