proselytize

[ pros-uh-li-tahyz ]
/ ˈprɒs ə lɪˌtaɪz /

verb (used with or without object), pros·e·lyt·ized, pros·e·lyt·iz·ing.

to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit.

Nearby words

  1. proselyte,
  2. proselytical,
  3. proselytise,
  4. proselytism,
  5. proselytization,
  6. proselytizer,
  7. proseminar,
  8. prosencephalic,
  9. prosencephalon,
  10. prosenchyma

Also especially British, pros·e·lyt·ise.

Origin of proselytize

First recorded in 1670–80; proselyte + -ize

Related formspros·e·lyt·is·tic [pros-uh-li-tis-tik, -lahy-] /ˌprɒs ə lɪˈtɪs tɪk, -laɪ-/, adjectivepros·e·lyt·i·za·tion, nounpros·e·lyt·iz·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for proselytise

proselytize

proselytise

/ (ˈprɒsɪlɪˌtaɪz) /

verb

to convert (someone) from one religious faith to another
Derived Formsproselytization or proselytisation, nounproselytizer or proselytiser, noun

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