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verb (used with object), e·van·ge·lized, e·van·ge·liz·ing.
  1. to preach the gospel to.
  2. to convert to Christianity.
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verb (used without object), e·van·ge·lized, e·van·ge·liz·ing.
  1. to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.
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Also especially British, e·van·ge·lise.

Origin of evangelize

1350–1400; Middle English evangelisen < Late Latin evangelizāre < Late Greek euangelízein. See evangel1, -ize
Related formse·van·ge·li·za·tion, noune·van·ge·liz·er, nounun·e·van·ge·lized, adjective
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Examples from the Web for evangelising

Historical Examples

  • Now I was hot with the evangelising passion of a young disciple.

    The Jervaise Comedy

    J. D. Beresford

  • He had evidently been thinking for months about the possibility of evangelising the town.

  • Reference has already been made to the evangelising expedition from Tauranga into this country.

British Dictionary definitions for evangelising



  1. to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
  2. (intr) to advocate a cause with the object of making converts
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Derived Formsevangelization or evangelisation, nounevangelizer or evangeliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for evangelising



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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