[ pros-uh-li-tahyz ]
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verb (used with or without object),pros·e·lyt·ized, pros·e·lyt·iz·ing.
  1. to convert or attempt to convert as a proselyte; recruit to a religion or other belief system.

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Origin of proselytize

First recorded in 1670–80; proselyte + -ize
  • Also especially British, pros·e·lyt·ise .

Other words from proselytize

  • pros·e·lyt·is·tic [pros-uh-li-tis-tik, -lahy-], /ˌprɒs ə lɪˈtɪs tɪk, -laɪ-/, adjective
  • pros·e·lyt·i·za·tion [pros-uh-luh-tahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌprɒs ə ləˌtaɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • pros·e·lyt·iz·er, noun

Words Nearby proselytize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use proselytize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for proselytize



/ (ˈprɒsɪlɪˌtaɪz) /

  1. to convert (someone) from one religious faith to another

Derived forms of proselytize

  • proselytization or proselytisation, noun
  • proselytizer or proselytiser, noun

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