[ sek-yuh-luh-rahyz ]
/ ˈsɛk yə ləˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), sec·u·lar·ized, sec·u·lar·iz·ing.

to make secular; separate from religious or spiritual connection or influences; make worldly or unspiritual; imbue with secularism.
to change (clergy) from regular to secular.
to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use.

Nearby words

  1. secular tertiaries,
  2. secularism,
  3. secularist,
  4. secularity,
  5. secularization,
  6. secularized,
  7. secularly,
  8. secund,
  9. secunderabad,
  10. secundigravida

Also especially British, sec·u·lar·ise.

Origin of secularize

First recorded in 1605–15; secular + -ize

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for secularization



/ (ˈsɛkjʊləˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to change from religious or sacred to secular functions, etc
to dispense from allegiance to a religious order
law to transfer (property) from ecclesiastical to civil possession or use
English legal history to transfer (an offender) from the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts to that of the civil courts for the imposition of a more severe punishment
Derived Formssecularization or secularisation, nounsecularizer or seculariser, noun

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Word Origin and History for secularization
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