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



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

Origin of proselytize

First recorded in 1670–80; proselyte + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM proselytize

pros·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 proselytize



/ (ˈprɒsɪlɪˌtaɪz) /


to convert (someone) from one religious faith to another

Derived forms of proselytize

proselytization or proselytisation, nounproselytizer or proselytiser, noun
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