verb (used with object), e·van·ge·lized, e·van·ge·liz·ing.

to preach the gospel to.
to convert to Christianity.

verb (used without object), e·van·ge·lized, e·van·ge·liz·ing.

to preach the gospel; act as an evangelist.

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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Related Words for evangelize

proselytize, sermonize, proclaim, preachify

Examples from the Web for evangelize

Contemporary Examples of evangelize

  • His bid quickly floundered; memorable only for his promise to try to evangelize Chuck Schumer if elected to the Senate.

  • Bush will come on TV to talk about anything—even inane stuff like Cinco de Mayo parades—in order to evangelize for the GOP.

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    A Bush Goes to War

    Bryan Curtis

    October 25, 2009

Historical Examples of evangelize

British Dictionary definitions for evangelize




to preach the Christian gospel or a particular interpretation of it (to)
(intr) to advocate a cause with the object of making converts
Derived Formsevangelization or evangelisation, nounevangelizer or evangeliser, noun
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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.

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